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Phone Interview Tips Series

Table of Contents

  1. Phone Interview - Tip 1 -- Check Your Voicemail Greeting

  2. Phone Interview - Tip 2 -- The Best Time to Set Up Your Call

  3. Phone Interview - Tip 3 -- Where’s the Best Place for a Phone Interview?

  4. Phone Interview - Tip 4 -- How To Keep Your Focus

  5. Phone Interview - Tip 5 -- How to Build Your Confidence

  1. Phone Interview - Tip 6 -- How to Project Enthusiasm

  2. Phone Interview - Tip 7 -- Use Cheat Sheets

  3. Phone Interview - Tip 8 -- Research the Interviewer

  4. Phone Interview - Tip 9 -- Research the Company

  5. Phone Interview - Tip 10 -- Prepare Answers to Common Phone Interview Questions

  1. Phone Interview - Tip 11 -- Practice Your Phone Interview

  2. Phone Interview - Tip 12 -- How to Hit Your Phone Interview Goals

  3. Phone Interview - Tip 13 -- The Best Phone for Your Phone Interview

  4. Phone Interview - Tip 14 -- Your Phone Interview Voice

  5. Phone Interview - Tip 15 -- How to Give the Interviewer What They’re Looking For

  1. Phone Interview - Tip 16 -- How to Project the Right Image Over the Phone

  2. Phone Interview - Tip 17 -- Help Them Qualify You for the Face-to-Face Interview

  3. Phone Interview - Tip 18 -- Speak the Right Body Language

  4. Phone Interview - Tip 19 -- Secret Tricks to Phone Interview Success

  5. Phone Interview - Tip 20 -- Ask Questions

  1. Phone Interview - Tip 21 -- How to Listen Well

  2. Phone Interview - Tip 22 -- Don’t Talk Too Much

  3. Phone Interview - Tip 23 -- Watch Your Language

  4. Phone Interview - Tip 24 -- Phone Interview Etiquette

  5. Phone Interview - Tip 25 -- Getting the Face-to-Face Interview

  1. Phone Interview - Tip 26 -- How and When to Follow Up

  2. Phone Interview - Tip 27 -- Biggest Phone Interview Mistakes

  3. Phone Interview - Tip 28 -- Small Phone Interview Mistakes That Cause Big Problems

  4. Phone Interview - Tip 29 -- Things You Should Never Say

  5. Phone Interview - Tip 30 -- Make a Phone Interview Checklist

  1. Phone Interview - Tip 31 -- Relax, Be Calm, and Make a Good Impression

  2. Phone Interview - Tip 32 -- Good Telephone Communication Tips

  3. Phone Interview - Tip 33 -- Typical Phone Interview Questions

  4. Phone Interview - Tip 34 -- Thank You Notes

  5. Phone Interview - Tip 35 -- The One Question You Should Ask

  6. Phone Interview - Tip 36 -- How to Keep Them From Screening You Out

  7. Phone Interview - Tip 37 -- How to Prepare for a Phone Interview

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For companies, the phone interview is a screening process.  The hiring manager or human resources manager has a stack of resumes of potential candidates sitting in front of them, and their job is to wade through the stack and get it to a manageable number.
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Many candidates don’t realize just how much they are under the microscope in a phone interview and how closely the company is looking for a reason to eliminate them from the stack.  Your job is to stay in the stack, or to qualify for the face-to-face interview.

Show them you’re worth spending the time to talk to.

They’re going to start with the basics:

  • Are you in the right location?  If so, great.  If not, be sure to mention any plans you might have for moving to that location.  If you don’t need relocation from them, that can be a big plus.  It’s not always a deal breaker, but it doesn’t hurt.
  • How fast will you be available?  That’s totally up to your own situation, but generally, sooner is better.
  • Do you understand the job?  Are you very clear on what the job will entail?  They just want to make sure everyone’s on the same page.

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Then they’re going to move into more specifics about your experience:

  • Do the jobs and/or skills you have listed on your resume line up with what you can actually do?  It’s very clear which candidates may have “embellished” their resumes after you talk to them for a few minutes.
  • Are there any worrisome parts of your resume?  Are you currently out of work?  Do you have a big employment gap?  Have you had too many jobs over the years?  Be ready to explain. Keep it positive.

All throughout the call, they’re going to be listening to what you say and how you say it, looking for a reason not to like you.  Don’t give them one.  Be upbeat, answer all their questions concisely but completely, show interest, ask questions, and be polite.

At the end of the call, ask for the face-to-face interview.  Say something like, “Thank you so much for speaking with me today.  I am excited about this opportunity and think I would be a great fit.  My skills in A, B, and C line up with what you said you were looking for.  I would love to come in and talk with you in person about it.  When can we schedule that?”  There are lots of different ways you can ask for the next step, but being bold enough to ask for it is a very powerful way to get it.


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