We tend to spend a lot of time preparing in advance for an interview, including those that are held over the phone. Polishing your resume, going over common interview questions and talking points, reviewing your experience and accomplishments, practicing how to speak clearly and slowly… that’s all very important. But it’s also vital that you don’t forget about the end of the interview – because it’s one of the most crucial moments of the entire conversation.

Here’s what to say at the end of a phone interview:

Come prepared with questions.

Almost invariably, the interviewer will ask you if you have any questions for them as the interview draws to a close. If you say “no,” it’ll appear that you’re disinterested or just want to get the call over with. Always think of a few questions to ask ahead of time; more about the company culture or structure, or further details about the position you’re interviewing for, for example. Keeping the conversation going shows that you care, and it’s a great way to find out the information you might not otherwise be told.

Ask about next steps.

Asking about what happens next after the phone interview serves two purposes. First, it lets you know what to expect, whether it’s another phone call, a video chat, or an in-person interview. Secondly, it shows that you’re looking ahead to further interactions with the company, and that you’re confident you’ll advance to the next round of interviews.

Reiterate your value.

It’s a good idea to make it clear again why you believe you’re a great fit for the role, and what kind of value you’ll be bringing to the company assuming you’re hired. Try something like, “I’m glad we were able to speak today. With my X years of experience in the field, I think I can do a lot to support the existing team, and I look forward to next steps.”

Remember to say “thank you.”

Of course, you’ll always want to wrap up by thanking the interviewer for their time. A simple “Thanks so much for speaking to me today – I look forward to hearing from you” will go a long way. Being polite is simply the best way to make a good impression and ensure you’ll be a good addition to the team.

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In many cases, a phone interview is the first interaction you will have with a company, usually preceding an in-person or video interview. And the phone interview is also the company’s first chance to get an impression of you – that’s why you want to make it a good one.

Here are five tips to help you stand out and excel at your next phone interview:

#1: Be prepared.

The first rule for phone interviews is the same as it is for any interview: Do your homework ahead of time so that you’re prepared. First, know who you will be speaking with, whether it’s a hiring manager or department head. Brush up on the company itself, including its mission and values, its competitors, and where it sits in the market. Knowing as much as you can ahead of time sets you up for success.

#2: Set up your space.

Choose where you will take the phone call and set the space up accordingly. Remove distractions, pets, kids, computer screens, etc. Have a glass of water nearby, as well as a copy of your resume in front of you. It is wise to print out a copy of the job description, too, so that you can reference it during your call.

#3: Rehearse your success stories.

Inevitably, you will be asked to share some of your victories or successes throughout your past work history. Think about this ahead of time so that you are not caught off guard when the moment comes. Rehearsing your successes in this way helps you to discuss them truthfully and effectively. Of course, you might want to think about a time or two you made a mistake at work, also – and how you overcame those obstacles to turn the negative into a positive.

#4: Come prepared with questions.

At the end of the phone interview, the interviewer will almost certainly ask you if you have any questions for them. Saying “no” is a quick way to appear disinterested or disengaged. Ahead of time, prepare a few questions about the role or the company itself. This shows you are genuinely interested and that you are invested in the job, which puts you a leg up over the competition.

#5: Send a “thank you.”

Within 24 hours of the phone interview, send an email thanking the interviewer for their time, and reiterate how much you appreciated learning about the role and that you are looking forward to the next step. If you really want to make an impression, as well as mailing a handwritten note instead of crafting an email.

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