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Phone Interview Tips – #3: Where’s the Best Place for a Phone Interview?

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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Think you can talk on the phone anywhere?  That might be true if you’re discussing dinner plans, but it is not true for your phone interview.  For that, you have to choose your location carefully.  Why?  Because this phone conversation is the gate you have to pass through to get to your face-to-face interview.  If you don’t do well here, there is no face-to-face interview, which means there is no job. This is a critical tipping point in the entire interview process.

In the phone interview, the hiring manager is scrutinizing you as much as they possibly can, evaluating whether or not they want to spend the time, money, and effort to invite you for an in-person, hour-long conversation.  They want to know if you are worth the extra time and trouble.  This is a big, big deal.

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There’s really only one good spot for a phone interview, and that’s at your home.  Public places like restaurants and coffee h

ouses are too noisy and unpredictable.  Even if you could find yourself a nice quiet spot in a park, you’d still have to deal with nature.  Birds can be really loud.  You can’t interview at your current office, because that’s too risky.  And never, ever, interview and drive.

phone interview tips Do the interview at home.  You have much more control over the environment.  That being said, you have to exercise that control.  That means, no pets, no kids, and no significant others, either.  Make sure that all creatures big and small in your house are occupied elsewhere, and make sure the two-legged varieties (big and small) understand that if they interrupt you, there better be gushing blood involved. An emergency involving an ambulance is the only truly acceptable reason for your call to be interrupted.

Still, things of the non-emergency variety happen.  The dog barks.  FedEx shows up at the door.  You can get interrupted for a lot of reasons.  Hiring managers understand that, but at the same time, they will be looking to see how you deal with the unexpected.  What do you do?  First, keep your cool.  If the distraction is not going to go away, then deal with it, apologize for the interruption, and steer the conversation back to where you were in the interview.  Maintain your professionalism and your control.  You will be providing that hiring manager with a very clear picture of how you will deal with interruptions or difficult situations on the job, which can be very impressive.

 

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