Phone Interview Tips
So many first impressions are made on how a job seeker looks. But what if the first job interview is a phone interview? Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression!
When scheduling a phone interview, find out:
- The time of the call (clarify time zone)
- Who is calling whom (on what phone number)
- How long to expect the call to last
- Who will be on the call (name, job title)
Prepare notes ahead of time:
- Create some notes to use as talking points with position and industry-specific accomplishments, assets you possess as an employee, and information about the company that you learned from your research that ties into your skills, abilities, and qualifications.
- Have specific metrics and accomplishments (detail the numbers, percentages, and dollar amounts) on your notes for quick reference.
- Develop a list of questions you want to ask (generally two to four questions is the average).
- Prepare an opening and closing statement in advance (an “elevator pitch” works great!)
- Practice speaking concisely and clearly.
- Record a practice call so you can identify areas to improve.
- Pick a location that will be free from distracting background noises – no television, pets, kids, etc.
- Make sure you are thoroughly familiar with the job description or job posting.
- Take notes during your call.
- Dress for an interview like you would an in-person interview.
Did you miss Part I of this series? If so, you can read it here.
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