In your civil engineer job search, you will likely come across an employer that requests a phone interview. Because the interview is the crucial step before landing your dream civil engineering job, it is best that you make the necessary preparations beforehand. Though the phone interview may seem less intimidating, it also knocks out some of the important benefits of a traditional interview. Rather than relying on physical first impressions (i.e. your dress, handshake, and professional mannerisms), all your potential employer has to associate with you is your voice and your words.
As part of your preparation, do your research on the company. It will impress a potential employer if you can outline what you can offer the company in specifics rather than vague generalizations. Be sure to have a copy of your resume and portfolio in front of you as well for easy reference.