Congratulations! You received a call from a recruiter… now what?


Typically recruiters don’t schedule calls, they contact you sporadically from a list of possible candidates. With our current working and living arrangements, we’ll be seeing a lot more phone calls from recruiters. So it is important that you, as a job seeker, are always ready with pen, paper, and resume in hand.


Have they caught you off guard in the past? Well, the past is the past, here are a few pointers to help you land an in-person, or video interview with a potential employer.


  1. Make it a habit to answer your phone with a cheerful greeting no matter who is calling (it’s good practice!). Also, have a cheery and welcoming disposition in your voicemail recording.”Hi, you’ve reached Pencil Loft. We’re unable to answer your call right now, but please leave your name and phone number and we’ll be sure to get back to you!”

*Pro tip: Smile through the interview, even if it’s a phone interview. They say people can hear a smile. Also, try speaking in front of a mirror while on the phone. Looking at a familiar face should help you feel more comfortable and relaxed during the interview.

  1. Always say YES to a “few moments to talk”, make time for this pre-screening, it is important. While you’re on the phone, search for the position, and try using the position’s description’s jargon throughout the phone interview.

  2. Always ask for the name of the recruiter, the name of the company, and how they found you. It is important to know if they are looking at you because of an application, or if they sought you out on a platform such as LinkedIn! If you have not applied for the job and they contacted you, this can give you leverage when negotiating salaries or start dates because it means they are very interested.

  3. Sneak in your elevator pitch! How you may ask? It should sound natural, put it into the conversation when asked a question about yourself. Don’t rehearse it because it will always be subject to change as conversations progress.

  4. Remember to follow up with a “Thank You” email to the recruiter after your interview.


We know this may be a lot to remember and fit into a short conversation. So please re-read this article and practice some of the pointers we provided. Don’t stress, you’ve got this! And don’t forget we’re here to help with any questions or concerns you may have about your new recruiter interview process.


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