All hiring managers want their potential employees to be excited about the job. In person, it's easy to convey that...in addition to your actual words, you smile, nod, lean forward, all those body language things that communicate enthusiasm.
But if you're on the phone, your ability to communicate that enthusiasm is hampered. It's still important, so what do you do?
In the video below, I will tell you how to communicate your enthusiasm for the job over the phone. You'll hear my very best tip that you can try in your next interview.
Click the video to watch.
If you'd like more tips for how to project your enthusiasm for the job, read my blog article on this subject: Phone Interview Tips #6.
And don't forget to check out our entire Phone Interview Tips series. It's 37 of the best tips for your phone interviews.
In school, 'cheat sheets' are the notes you sneak in to help you ace the test. In phone interviews, you can use cheat sheets, too--except in a phone interview, it's not cheating. It's just smart. (We can call them 'smart sheets.') They will help you ace your phone interview.
In the video below, I'll tell you what kinds of notes you should keep in front of you so you can refer to them during the interview. Click the video to watch.
Did you know it's just as important to do your research before the phone interview as it is before the face-to-face interview? If you gather information before the interview gets started, you can have a much better conversation and increase your chances of getting to the next step.
In the video below, I will tell you how to research the interviewer before your interview in 3 different ways:
What to ask when they arrange the call
Where to research the things you need to know before the call
What to ask at the very beginning of your call that will help you tremendously
How can you make the best impression in a phone interview? One way is by choosing the phone that gives you the best connection, eliminating any "Can you hear me?" problems.
Watch the video below and I'll give you some great phone interview tips.
Phone interviews are an incredibly critical tipping point in the hiring process. They liked what they saw your resume enough to talk to you…will this phone call make them like you enough to call you in for a face-to-face interview? There’s a lot you can do to prepare for phone interviews and make sure that happens.
In the beginning, take control of the call. Unless they’re ambushing you on purpose, you can usually choose the time and the place for your phone interview. Use your power. Choose a time you’ll be most alert. Pick a place that’s quiet. No cars, restaurants, or anywhere there might be people talking. You must be in top form with no distractions.
Find a landline. It’s not very sexy, but it is effective. It’s a lot less attractive to keep saying, “Are you there? Can you hear me now?” than it is to have a guaranteed problem-free phone call.
Do your homework like an A+ student…. Before your call, research the company and even the interviewer as much as you can. It gives you an advantage to know who you’ll be speaking with. And, it makes you look smart. Read more...
Phone interviews are really phone screens. They are screening candidates, narrowing down a list that’s too long, figuring out who to invite in for a face-to-face interview. So really, in a phone interview, they’re looking for reasons to mark you off the list—to screen you out. Your job in phone interview is to keep them from eliminating you, so you can get to the face-to-face interview. How can you keep them from screening you out? The answer might surprise you. Read more...