Responding to job ads by phone – a preparation checklist

A few days ago, we shared information about Networking as part of Step 3 in our four steps to getting a job post-COVID-19.

Another part of ‘Step 3 – Finding a Job’ is about responding to job ads by phone.

Many people are unprepared to do this. Being unprepared can add to your anxiety, and it also means you aren’t likely to make the best impression.

Here’s a checklist for you to run through next time before you make that call. You can read more in our Responding to job ads by phone Tip Sheet’.

Responding to job ads by phone – a preparation checklist

Before you pick up the phone, have you:

  • Read the job ad really well?
  • Made note of any questions you have about the role?
  • Researched the organisation online
  • Made note of any questions you have about the organisation
  • Made sure you have a quiet area away from other people and noise
  • Practiced making the call by pretending with yourself or other people
  • Have a pen and paper ready to take notes
  • Made sure your phone is charged and has credit
  • Checked that you have a clear and professional message bank greeting in case they call you back
  • Know what your availability is or have it available somewhere to look at (not on the phone you will be talking on at the time)?

Once you have checked all these boxes, you are ready to make the call! Good luck!