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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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What’s the point of a phone interview?  A phone interview is an inexpensive, time-saving way to determine whether or not you are worth the time, effort, and expense of a face-to-face interview.  That’s it.  For the employer, it’s a screening process:  Do you merit further consideration?  For you, it’s an obstacle:  How can you get past this phone interview and get to the face-to-face?

The very good news for you is that you have much more control over this outcome than you might think.  There are 3 very important steps you can take to make sure you get the face-to-face interview.  The first two are easy.  The last one is more difficult…but it also makes the most impact on your chances of moving forward.

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How to get to the face-to-face interviewStep 1 – Prepare for this interview as seriously as you would prepare for a face-to-face interview.  Assuming they don’t try to catch you off guard with a surprise phone interview, you should make every effort to schedule it at a good time for you, and then research and prepare for it.  Find out as much as you can about the company, get some questions ready to ask, and practice some answers to typical phone interview questions.

Step 2Early in the conversation, ask the interviewer what their ideal candidate looks like.  What qualities or background does that person have?  Their answer makes it easy for you to tailor your responses to their questions.  You might not realize you should be talking about your 6 months in X role, until you find out that your interviewer is particularly interested in it. This is a quick way to make a positive impact on your conversation.

Step 3Ask for the face-to-face interview.  This right here is where the rubber meets the road.  Many candidates will wait and hope to be invited—they don’t want to seem too bold or desperate.  That’s a weak position to be in and won’t do much to help you.  A few of the braver candidates will say, “When do you expect to make a decision?” That’s a lot better, but not really your best move.  The bravest candidates who see the most success at getting to the next step say something like, “I am really interested in this position.  It sounds like a great fit.  When can we meet to discuss this further?”

Asking that last question--"When can we meet?"--is a great move because it either secures your interview, which is what you want, or it forces them to tell you they’re not planning to bring you in.  If that’s the case, you can probably find out why they have doubts about you.  Sometimes it’s a real issue that you can’t say anything to fix—but sometimes, it’s just a simple miscommunication that you can clear up right then.  Once you clear it up, they feel comfortable with asking you to come in and interview.  This simple question can be what gets you to the face-to-face interview.


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