Before the face-to-face interviews, you may have a telephone interview. Here are some tips to ensure a successful telephone interview:
Schedule the interview period for a time when you won't be distracted.
Control your environment. Keep the dog chained in the backyard. Make sure the kids have a babysitter. Turn off TVs and radios. Ensure all distractions are kept to a minimum. Better yet, eliminate all distractions.
Use a landline if one is available.
Have a glass of water nearby, in case you get dry mouth.
Have your interview notes and resume in front of you. Highlight those areas you believe are most important.
Vary your pitch and response time. Don't rush. Calculate your responses.
Do not multi-task. Pay careful attention to the process. Having to ask the interviewer to repeat a question or comment indicates inattention.