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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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How do athletes win championships?  Practice.

How do violin students become virtuosos?  Practice.

How do you get better at interviews?  Practice. 

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Interviewing is not a talent. It is a skill.  Most people don’t get a chance to spend much time honing that skill, because most of us don’t interview that often.  It takes time spent doing something to get really good at it.

Phone InterviewsThe good news is that to be impressive in a telephone interview, you don’t have to put in the hours and hours that a Olympic athlete or an award-winning musician would.  But a little practice goes a long way.

The better you are at interviewing, the better your chances are of getting the job.  Ideally, you become so good at it that you end up with several great job offers to choose from.  That’s a sweet spot to be in (I’ve been there myself).

So how do you practice without actually going to an interview?

  1. You need to prepare answers for questions you’ll probably be asked.  There are several general questions that always get asked, like “Why are you interested in this job?” or “Tell me about yourself.”  But phone interviews are also where employers are looking for any knockout factors, or red flags, that you might be hiding.  If you’ve got an employment gap on your resume, expect to be asked about it.  If you’ve been a job hopper, expect to be asked about that, too.  They will want to talk about your basic skill sets to qualify you for the face-to-face interview.  Why should they be interested in talking more with you?  Having answers ready that you can deliver smoothly without stumbling over it is very helpful.
  2. You need time to rehearse those answers.  You can do that either by recording yourself answering the questions to see how it sounds, or you can get someone to role-play the interview with you and be your “interviewer.”  A lot of the time, you can get valuable feedback from this person about not just your answers, but about how you come across over the phone.  Is your voice strong?  Do you sound confident?  A friend can do this for you, or a career coach, or even certain job interview question and answer apps.

It takes a little extra time to practice your phone interview answers, but the results will be worth it.  You will be more confident in the phone interview, which will come across to the interviewer as competence, professionalism, and enthusiasm.  All good things to help move you to the face-to-face.


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