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Phone Interview Tips - #18: Speak the Right Body Language (Yes, Even On the Phone)

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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Even though your interviewer can’t see you, using the right body language in your phone interview will help you to have a better outcome.
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Smile

One of the simplest things you can do to project confidence and enthusiasm over the phone is to smile while you talk.  It’s amazing what smiling does to the sound of your voice.  You sound friendlier.  You sound more relaxed.  It’s all good.

Stand Up

You might not realize this, but your voice will project more energy if you stand up when you talk than if you sit.  There’s some psychology at play here, too:  you will actually feel more confident standing up than sitting.  You’ll feel more powerful.


Walk Around (Maybe)

If you have a headset, walking around while you talk is a great way to make yourself more comfortable in a phone interview.  Your feet spend some of the nervous energy that might come out through your voice.  But don’t walk around so much that you end up out of breath.  That won’t sound good on the other end of the line at all.

Follow Your Mother’s Advice and Sit Up Straight

If you are more comfortable sitting in a chair for your interview, make sure you’re sitting up straight with good posture, and not slumping in your seat.  Slumping will make you sound tired and less interested in the job than you probably are.  Sitting up straight ensures that you sound attentive and interested.  You’ll breathe better, which will make your voice sound better.

Practice Relaxed Body Language

What you do physically while you’re on the phone will show up in your voice.  If you’re sitting there all tensed up in your chair, you’ll sound tense.  If you sit with your arms crossed, you’ll sound just a little less friendly.  Sit (or stand) with a relaxed, comfortable posture and it will help you sound like you are relaxed and comfortable with the interviewer, too.

Don’t Fidget

Movement is good; fidgeting is not.  Nervous habits will not help you to feel more relaxed in the interview, and may even be distracting to the interviewer, depending on what they are.  Tapping your pen on the desk, tapping your foot, drumming your nails on the table are all attention-diverters. They will give away your nervousness and make the interviewer think you’re not very confident in your ability to do the job.

Expect a Positive Outcome

Above all else, go into your telephone interview expecting it to go well.  If you have a positive attitude, your breathing will relax, your voice will sound positive, and you will project confidence.

 

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