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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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In any job interview, it’s important to use your best manners—and telephone interviews are no exception.  Besides your resume, this is their first impression of you.  Make it a great one by being super-polite and professional.  Here’s how:

Set Up Your Space for Quiet

Nothing says “I don’t care about this phone interview” more than having it in a noisy space where you are constantly distracted.  It’s better to put off the call until a later time rather than trying to talk over interruptions.  Make sure you have a quiet space to talk with no distractions. 

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Address the Interviewer by Name

Make sure you know the name of your interviewer before you speak to them.  Even if you have to call and find out from someone else ahead of time. It’s much nicer to be able to say, “Hi, Mr. Smith” if you can.

Address the Interviewer Formally

Always address the interviewer as “Mr.” or “Ms.” Whatever-their-last-name-is until you are told otherwise.  Until they specifically say, “Please call me John,” you may not address them by their first name.

Don’t Interrupt

No matter how excited you are about the job, it’s rude to interrupt while someone else is speaking.

Don’t Put Them On Speakerphone

Speakerphones detract from the sound quality of the conversation.  And they convey the impression that you really have something more important that you need to be doing right now, so you’re going to do that while you talk.

Respect Their Time

A big way to show that you respect the time of the person you’re speaking with is to be very prepared for this interview.  Research the company before the interview.  Have questions prepared to ask.  Know how you’re going to answer the interview questions most companies typically ask.  And have your resume, as well as all your notes, right in front of you so you can see them easily.  You don’t want to be shuffling papers, looking for something while you’re on the call.  While you’re at it, make sure you have a pen and paper to take notes on during the call.  You will need the notes for later, and you’ll be ready just in case they want you to write something down to look up later.

Ask About the Next Step

Express your interest in the job by asking about what the next step will be.  When will you speak in person about this opportunity?  Don’t wait for them to bring it up.  They might not…maybe they’re waiting for you to do it to see if you want it, or maybe they have a few doubts about you that you need to clear up.  Do not end the call without knowing what happens next.

Send a Thank You Note

Follow up after your phone interview by sending an emailed thank you note to the person you spoke to.   Thank you notes are always the polite thing to do, and they make you stand out from the other candidates.  Why email?  Because it’s faster.  A fast response time is a positive thing.


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