Phone Interview Mistakes – AgGrad Live Podcast 005

Just about every recruitment process involves a phone interview. Whether the interview is conducted over the phone or over a video conferencing tool such as Skype or Zoom, it is important to remember to remain professional if you’re truly serious about getting the job.

As part of our process of helping agriculture companies find and hire the right candidates for their job opportunities, we see several common mistakes that candidates make during the phone interview process. Today, I’m sharing the top five most common mistakes we see people make during the phone interview process and share tips on how to avoid them during your next phone interview.


“Make sure when you leave a phone interview, you have shown the aspects of yourself that you want to be shown.” – Tim Hammerich


Today on AgGrad Live:

  • The importance of confirming details before the phone interview appointment.
  • Getting established at job fairs with specific requirements.
  • The importance of controlling your environment during a phone interview.
  • The importance of researching the company and reviewing the job description before the interview.
  • Practicing your elevator speech.
  • How asking questions during the interview can impact your chances of getting hired.
  • The importance of taking notes during the interview.
  • How to avoid talking in circles during an interview.
  • Using specific examples to support your answers during an interview.


5 Common Phone Interview Mistakes to Avoid:

  1. Under-communicating
  2. Being distracted
  3. Showing up unprepared
  4. Talking in circles
  5. Using generalities



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Tim Hammerich

Tim is a strategic communications consultant, founder of AgGrad, and the host of the "Future of Agriculture" podcast. Originally from California, he is now based out of Boise, Idaho.