The Phone Interview: What You Need To Succeed

Interviewing for jobs is probably the most dreaded thing for everyone starting a new career. But it does not have to be stressful! If you have been offered a phone interview for your dream job, here are some simple tips to help you nail it!

  1. Smile!

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Even though the interviewer can’t see you, smiling is a good way to make your voice sound positive and upbeat.

  1. Answer the phone with your name.

A simple “good morning this is (your name here)” could go a long way. It sounds professional and friendly, which will start the interview off on a positive note.

  1. Have one or two questions ready for the interviewer.

It might seem awkward, but interviewers love being asked questions about the company or the position you are applying for. This gives you a chance to stop talking and listen to learn more about the position or the company. Here is some more information on how to ask good questions.

  1. Have a pen and paper ready

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You might here some important information while you are on the phone. Have a pen and paper ready to take notes if you have too.

  1. Make sure you are somewhere with good service.

If you suddenly drop the call, it may set the interviewer off a bit. While it is not an automatic “no” if you are having technical difficulties, it does complicate the interview, and no one wants that. If you have a landline (I know I sound like and old lady but hear me out!) use that instead of your cell phone. It is a more reliable way to make calls and will ensure your call won’t be interrupted.

  1. Relax!

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Talking on the phone to someone about your dream job can seem very nerve-wracking, but they are just people, too. Smile, and just relax.

 

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