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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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Telephone interviews are tricky things.  Even though they seem more casual, they are very, very important and should not be taken lightly.  Even though it seems less stressful to talk to someone on the phone rather than facing them in your business suit, it’s actually a little unnerving to not be able to see the interviewer’s face while you talk.  And even though phone interviews present a few challenges, they also present you with a few advantages.  The “trick” is to work with the unique circumstances of a phone interview to make the most of it and get to the next step:  the face-to-face. 
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Here are 3 secret tricks you can use to take advantage of your phone interview situation and overcome some common obstacles.

1.       Try looking at a picture of your interviewer while you’re on the phone.

Secrets to Phone Interview SuccessOne of the things you’re trying to do with the phone interview is to establish rapport and get them to invite you for a face-to-face meeting.  That can be difficult for you if you can’t see their face.  So, some candidates set up a photo of the interviewer to look at while they talk.  It makes them feel more comfortable—always a plus in the interview.  The easiest way to find the photo is to go on LinkedIn and find their profile.  (You should be doing this anyway, before your interview, to research the interviewer.)

2.       Look in the mirror—or not.

I’ve seen two competing schools of thought on the mirror issue.  The first one says, “Keep a mirror in front of you so you remember to smile while you talk.”  And it is very important to smile and stay relaxed.  Those kinds of things come through in your voice.  A mirror is a visual reminder for you to do that.  You can easily see if you start to frown or tense up.  The second (and opposite) one says, “Never look in a mirror while you talk because it will make you self-conscious and you’ll sound stiff.”  I think you should try it both ways in practice conversations and see which one works for you.

3.       Stand up.

In a regular interview, you’re sitting across from the interviewer.  In a phone interview, you obviously have the choice about whether to stand or sit.  In my opinion, you should stand.  People tend to sound more energetic when they stand up, and their voices are stronger because they aren’t slumped over in a chair.  So, show your energy and enthusiasm by standing up!

In a phone interview, you actually have a lot of leeway to do what is going to make you feel more comfortable and confident.  Use every advantage you can think of to do well in the phone interview and get to the face-to-face.


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