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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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Phone interviews are notoriously difficult for the simple reason that the interviewer can’t see you.  So much of how we communicate is through gestures and expressions and those have no meaning at all on the phone.  But phone interview or not, it’s still vitally important that you project an image that will make them want to move you forward to the next step.
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Just like in any job interview, you need your image to be one of competence, professionalism, and enthusiasm.  So how do you do that when you only have your voice to do it with?  You have a lot more options that you probably realize.

Be More Than Ready for This Interview

Interviewers can tell if you’ve done your homework before the interview or not.  It’s painfully obvious which candidates only read the job description but didn’t read anything about the company and don’t actually know much about the job.  Research the company, research the interviewer, prepare some answers for common interview questions, and have questions of your own to ask.  Be just as ready for a phone interview as you would for a face-to-face.

Be Ready to Start Early

Be ready to start your call at least 5 minutes before it’s supposed to start.  Be sitting in your quiet room with the door closed, your glass of water on the desk, all your cheat sheets spread out, and doing some deep, relaxing breathing.  When it’s time for the interview, you will sound calm, cool, and collected.  And if they try the tactic that some interviewers do of calling early to try to catch you off guard, you’ll be ready for them.  It will impress them.

Keep Your Cheat Sheets Handy

You only have a very limited time to secure the face-to-face interview.  You need to make your case quickly and succinctly.  You don’t want to be wasting time trying to think of what it is that you want to say, or worse, having to stop and look something up.  One of the great advantages of phone interviews is being able to keep your notes in front of you.  Use it.

Use Your Voice to Project Enthusiasm

You’re projecting competence and confidence with your actual answers to interview questions, but you can project enthusiasm with your voice.  Enthusiasm is more important than you might realize.  Hiring managers are people, too. They want to work with someone who’s going to be happy to be there.  So smile, think about projecting a positive attitude, and above all, tell them how excited you are about this opportunity.


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