Saturday, January 19, 2013

Suggestions To Consider For The Phone Interview

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Whenever you apply for a job there is always the possibility that you may be called for a phone interview. Always be prepared for this possibility. Here are some steps that you can take to prepare and to do well on the phone interview.

Step One
First make sure that you have thoroughly researched the employer and the job. Employers are never impressed by a candidate who does not know about them or about the position. They want people who have a real interest in the position and in working for them. You should therefore find out as much as you possibly can about them and about the job. If at all possible do it before you send in your resume and cover letter. Make a cheat sheet highlighting what you found so that you can refer to it during your phone interview.
You should also prepare answers to questions that you are likely to be asked. You should take this step no less seriously than you would for an in-person interview. Phone interviews can be extensive and thorough.

Step Two
Next, make sure that you have an appropriate message on your voice-mail. Trying to be funny or cute or controversial is not normally something that will sit well with a potential employer. Your message should be professional and brief. If at all possible state when you will be available to take calls and when you will be returning calls. If you indicate that you will return calls at a certain time you have to make sure to follow through on this. Employers want people who are dependable and do what they say they will do.
Have a notepad and a pen ready to use during the phone interview. This will allow you to take down the person's name and take notes during the conversation. If ideas come to you as the interview progresses you can jot them down and cover them before the interview is over.

Step Three
Set up a place in your apartment that is dedicated to phone interviews. This is where you will place your cheat sheet with information about the potential employer, your notepad and pen, a copy of your resume that you can refer to, and any other materials you think could be helpful, including a bottle of water in case you get thirsty in the middle of interview.
Do not take calls from a potential employer or from an unrecognized phone number unless you are at your designated interview location, are alone, and the environment is quiet. You want to make sure that there is nothing to distract you or lead the person conducting the interview to think that you are not professional.

Step Four
Once the interview begins you may want to use a headset and stand up. This will allow you to move about in a natural fashion as you are speaking. Make sure to smile. By smiling you will slightly alter the way your voice sounds so that it comes across as more friendly. But remember that since the interviewer is not able to see you he or she will focus more on your tone and on how you answer questions. Again, this is where preparing beforehand can give you a significant edge.

Step Five
Once the interview is reaching the end make sure do the following: (1) ask for the job, (2) ask for an in-person interview as appropriate, (3) ask about what steps you should take next, and (4) thank the interviewer for his or her time and interest in you.
Remember that when it comes to the phone interview, just like with the in person interview, the key is thorough preparation. So prepare for the phone interview and just go get that job.

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