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Posted April 15, 2010 | comments Leave a comment

Phone Interviewing

Phone interviews are become a trend gaining in popularity with employers. While it is called a "phone interview," it is really a method used to eliminate applicants and come up with a manageable number of qualified candidates. You will be briefted on the overall job desription and company philosophy, but be prepared for when questions start! I am providing some phone interview survival tips:

1. Use a landline. You don't want to risk having problems with cell phone service. It is irritating for employers to conduct interviews if the call breaks up frequently or is dropped completely. If you don't have a land line at home, just make sure you are in an area with as much cell phone service as possible. Do what you can so the process runs as smooth as possible.

2. Keep your materials handy. In fact, lay everything out in front of you. This includes your resume, notes about your career a pen and pad of paper for note-taking and anything else you think may be helpful during your interview.

3. Steer clear of distractions. Find a quiet place to interview and stay there! There shouldn't be any noise in the background to distract you or your potential employer. However, it is understandable that this can be tricky if you have young children at home who need your attention. When you set up your interview appointment, try to schedule it for as precise a time or window as possible. That way, you are able to avoid possible distractions.

4. Speak slowly and clearly. When you speak to people face-to-face, you are able to understand what they are saying more clearly because you can see their mouth move. So in a way, you are reading their lips! Neither you nor your potential employer will be able to do this over the phone of course, so speak clearly and a little bit more slowly.

5. Remember - you can't be seen. That means that anything you say cannot be interpreted by your body language. Beware of jokes or sarcastic remarks that would have been harmless had he seen your facial expression. Maintain your professionalism; stay on target with the interview topics and focus on the key information about you that will get you hired.

6. No eating, drinking or chewing gum!

7. Prepare questions ahead of time. Just like in a personal interview, prepare a few questions to ask your potential employer at the end of your phone interview.

8. Do not ask about salary or benefits unless the employer brings it up.

Fortunately, it can be less intimidating interviewing over the phone with these telephone interview tips and you may even feel more confident that you'll do well. As long as you are fully prepared and take the necessary precautions, there is no reason why you shouldn't have a successful phone interview,

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