While a technical phone interview is not very different from the other interviews, it does require a different type of presentation.

Here, what you speak is just as important as how you speak. In most cases the interviewer will be far more interested in your ability to solve a technical problem or to talk about the latest software release than anything else.

Mistake #1. No preparation:

One of the biggest mistakes that interviewees make is not preparing themselves well enough on the technical subjects they claim they are good at in their resume. More often than not, they think that they will be able to work around the questions. They think that by giving creative but vague answers they will be able to fool the interviewer into believing that they actually know a lot about the topic in question. This is such a poor trick that I have seen interviewers cut off several candidates trying to do this from their list instantly. If the job involves using a business phone system, for example, then take the time to learn about the functions of such systems.

Mistake #2. Lying about technical knowledge:

In most cases, the interviewers for technical interview will be a technical person himself and will be able to catch any lies immediately. Trying to fib is far worse than being honest and if you do not know the answer to a question, it is safer to say so rather than twist it around with your creative words. In technical phone interviews, the questions are very direct and there is little scope to make up a new answer. You either know about a technology or you don’t.

There are many who will make their resume impressive by mentioning some really advance technologies and then fail to answer a simple question on OOP. In fact the interviewers will even be able to tell if you have worked on a technology or just have some theoretical knowledge. So, under no circumstances should you make lies in interviews.

Mistake #3. Trying to cheat:

Most of the interviewees rejoice at the thought of technical phone interviews because they think that they will be able to cheat. They imagine that they will be able to refer to all the books and websites while answering the questions. Naturally, this is possible because the interviewer cannot see you.

But if you think that just because the interviewer is not in front of you, he will not be able to know if you are referring to other sources, you are completely wrong. Since you will not know the questions you may be asked during the interview, you cannot open the correct websites and bookmark the right pages beforehand. This means, that you will have to flip through the book and type in the name of websites to be able to find the answers to the questions. This will take you long enough for the interviewer to know what you are up to. It is better to avoid the temptation to find the right material during the interview process. The image you present, in such cases, is always a poor one.

However, you may prepare a simple cheat sheet to remind you of some key points but at no time in the phone interview should you let the interviewer hear typing sounds or sounds of flipping pages.

Mistake #4. Exaggeration of skills

Another pattern followed by interviewees in interviews is to exaggerate about the number of software packages they have worked on. For instance, if you claim that your previous project involved creating database tables in Oracle and you fail to answer a question like “what are the different normalization techniques in SQL?”, you will be inviting trouble.
Thus, be honest and mention only those technologies in your resume which you actually know. Due to the extremely fast developing world of software technology, many IT professionals fear that they will not get the job if they do not claim to know every single new language. Trust me, while most employers would love it if you did know something about the newer software, no interviewer is so silly as to expect you to be a master in every new technology that floods the market. As long as you answer the questions on the technology that the company wants you to work upon, you will have excellent chances of getting hired.

In fact, at times, for fresher, companies do not even expect perfect knowledge on any technology. If as a fresher, you are able to demonstrate a basic understanding of programming and software principles, you will be considered a strong candidate. This is because, most IT firms give training to any fresher after hiring him and if you show an eagerness to learn and knowledge of software systems, the employers will consider you fit for their training on specialized software.

Mistake #5. Lack of enthusiasm
A mistake frequently committed by interviewees is that they do not show enough enthusiasm for the job. You should show that you are excited about getting this job. This will impress the interviewers and make them believe that you want the job as much as they want you.

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