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Phone Interview Tips – #31: Relax, Be Calm, and Make a Good Impression

Phone Interview Tips Series


Table of Contents

[DDET Phone Interview Tips 1 - 5]

  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

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[DDET Phone Interview Tips 6 - 10]

  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

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[DDET Phone Interview Tips 11 - 15]

  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

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[DDET Phone Interview Tips 16 - 20]

  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

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[DDET Phone Interview Tips 21 - 25]

  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

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[DDET Phone Interview Tips 26 - 30]

  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

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[DDET Phone Interview Tips 31 - 37]

  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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One of the easiest ways to make a good impression in your phone interview is to be calm, cool, and collected.  To do that, you need to be prepared, organized, and relaxed.  Here are some tips that will help you have a great phone interview.

Be Prepared – In fact, be over-prepared.  Nothing calms nerves like being ready for anything.  That means, don’t just go to the company’s website.  Read it carefully.  Go to the company’s LinkedIn page and Facebook page, if they have it.  Google them for the latest news.  Look at their competitors.  The more you can learn ahead of time, the better off you’ll be.  Knowledge is power.

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Phone Interview Relaxation TechniquesPractice Your Answers to Common Interview Questions Before the Interview – There’s no excuse for not knowing what you’ll say to questions you know you’ll be asked, like “Tell me about yourself,” or “Why are you interested in this job?”  Look up how to answer interview questions to get yourself started, and then practice saying your answers out loud, maybe even with a friend, so that you sound smooth and confident when you say them during the interview.

Arrive Early – This one probably sounds weird, because you will likely be handling your phone interview at home.  It doesn’t matter. Wherever you’re having your phone interview, get there early—even if it’s in a quiet room somewhere in your house.  Get there early, bring your glass of water, make yourself comfortable, set up your cheat sheets, and take a few minutes to breathe.   You will be calmer, and you will make a better impression on the person you’re talking to.

Keep Your Cheat Sheets Handy – What are cheat sheets?  Cheat sheets are anything that will help you do better in the phone interview—your resume, your list of questions to ask, your list of references, key points you want to remember to make, and even a few phrases that you want to use to describe yourself.  Spread them out in front of you so you’re not shuffling papers during the call.  Make them easy to glance at.

Practice Relaxation Breathing – Take a deep breath, hold it for a few seconds, and let it out slowly.  Relaxation techniques like this do wonders for slowing down your heart rate and giving you a feeling of calm and control.  Definitely do this before your telephone interview.  If you need to do it during the call, go ahead—but don’t breathe hard into the phone.  That could sound a little awkward!

 

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