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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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Job interviews are all about communication, right?  You will only get the job if you can successfully communicate that you understand the job, that you can do the job, that you will do the job, and that you pose no risk to this person’s continued employment.  (That’s why 30-60-90-day plans are such great job interview tools.)  That requires good, clear communication.
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The phone interview is the first step in this communication process—but there’s a problem.  Phone interviews mean that you can’t see the person you’re talking to.  When you can’t see them, your communication suffers.

You have no handy facial expressions or gestures to read, so that cuts a big source of information.  They can’t see you, so your charming personality and winning smile is muffled.  You can’t show them your 30-60-90-day plan or your brag book.  You only have your words and your voice.  So what do you do?  You practice your answers to interview questions, you ask great questions, and you clarify for understanding.

Practice answering interview questions

When an interviewer asks you to talk a little about yourself, does your answer include your best qualities and skills and highlight your fit for the job?  When they say, “Why are you interested in this job?” does your answer show sincere enthusiasm and include a few ways that your skills make you a great fit?  When they say, “Why do you want to leave your current job?” does your answer sound like you are ready to make a positive step forward with them, or does it sound like you are running as fast as you can away from a job you hate?  Practicing your answers ahead of time makes sure that you are hitting the right notes.  Do a practice phone interview with someone so they can evaluate what you sound like.

Ask great questions

Good communication is all about give-and-take.  You don’t want your interview to be an interrogation (they ask…you answer).  You want it to be a conversation.  You can’t have a good conversation if you don’t ask a few questions of your own.   But ask good questions.  Ask questions like, “What does your ideal candidate look like?” or “Why is this position open?” or “What are the biggest challenges going to be?”  All these questions give you information that you can’t get from Google, that will give you a big advantage in this interview and in your face-to-face interview.

Clarify for understanding

If you don’t understand the question, don’t answer it.  Ask what they mean.  Candidates can stick their foot in their mouth really quickly by plowing ahead and answering something they don’t understand because they think they have to.  If there’s any doubt at all, ask.  It won’t hurt you.  It will help you.  All you have to do is say something like, “Do you mean X?” or “Are you referring to Y?” or “Are you asking about ABC?”  You can’t communicate well if you’re not answering the question they asked.

Anything you can do in the interview to make your communication better and more clear is a good thing that will help you get the job.


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