At Oracle we often do telephone interviews in different
stages of the process with candidates, due to the fact that we hire native
speakers into other countries. On this blog we already have an article with
tips and tricks for phone interviews that can help you during the telephone
To help you prepare even better for a telephone interview we
would like to introduce you the basics of developing a cheat sheet. The benefit
of a telephone interview is that you will be sitting at home, at your table or
desk, during the interview, and not in front of someone. So use this to your
The Monster website has some useful and interesting tips and
tricks for developing a cheat sheet. Carole Martin, who wrote this article,
says that a cheat sheet will help you feel more prepared and confident when
speaking to managers over the phone. Important to keep in mind is that you
shouldn't memorise what's on the sheet or check it off during the interview.
Only use your cheat sheet to remind you of key facts.
Here are some suggestions
to include on it:
• Divide a
piece of paper in 2 by drawing a line. Write on one side of the paper a list of
requirements as mentioned in the job description. On the other side list your
qualities to fulfill the requirements of the employer. This will help you in
answering questions about why you are the best candidate for the job and how
you fit the role.
• Do research on the company, the industry sector and the competitors, so you will
get a feeling for the company’s business and can ask more in-depth questions.
prepared for the most used introduction question: “Tell me a bit about
yourself”. Prepare a 60-second personal statement or pitch in which you
summarise who you are and what you can offer, so you will be able to sell
yourself from on the very beginning.
down a minimum of 5 good examples to answer behavioral interview questions
("Tell me about a time when..." or "Give me an example of a
time..." ). These questions are used by interviewers to see how you deal
with similar situations as you might encounter in the job. Interviewers use
this question as past behaviour is scientifically proven to be the best predictor
for future behaviour.
• List five
questions to ask the interviewer about the job, the company and the industry to
help you get a good understanding if the role and company really fit your needs
and wants. To get some inspiration check this article on inc.com
• Find out
how much you are worth on the job market and determine your needs based on your
living expenses, especially when moving abroad.
• Ask for
permission from the people you plan to use as a reference. Also make sure you
have your CV at hand and an overview of your grades.
Feel free to comment on this article and let us know what
your experience is with developing a cheat sheet for a telephone interview.
Good luck with the preparation of your sheet.