Acing the Phone Interview

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Posted by Karyn Moyer
Phone Interview

A phone interview can be a make-it-or-break-it point during a job search. When a farm or agribusiness schedules a phone interview with you, it is often to get a better feel for your personality and abilities, so they can decide if they want to bring you in for an in-person interview. While an interview over the phone is often much more casual than a face-to-face interview, there are still some important things to keep in mind.

Find a Quiet Place

Make sure you are in a quiet place where there will not be any distractions. An employer does not want to hear the TV, people talking, or other noises in the background while they are trying to listen to what you have to say.

Do Your Research 

Research the company and the position you have applied for before the call. Have your resume and the job description printed out and in front of you so that you are prepared for any questions about either of those things.

Keep the Conversation Moving

When you are answering questions, be sure to elaborate. When you only answer questions with a “yes” or “no”, it is a quick way for the conversation to come to an end. You want to keep the conversation moving and interesting for the interviewer. Make sure you keep your language positive and that you do not trash anyone, even past employers, or you will appear to have a negative attitude.


And lastly, SMILE! Even though they can’t see it, the interviewer will be able to hear it in the tone of your voice! 

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Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer is the Senior Marketing Manager at AgHires, with over 13 years of marketing experience, over 9 of which she has spent in the agriculture marketing industry. Growing up in a small farming town, Karyn has a deep appreciation for the importance of agriculture and its role in our communities. Since joining AgHires in 2017, Karyn has used her wealth of experience and knowledge to help job seekers and clients achieve their goals. She has a passion for learning and discovering new ways to support the industry.