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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
have all of the critical, “make-or-break” qualities of a face-to-face interview with none of the advantages.

(1) You don’t have very much time to make a good impression.  Phone interviews are very often over within 10-15 minutes. If you make a mistake, you don’t have much time to recover.

(2) You can’t see the other person’s face, so you don’t have any idea if they’re smiling, nodding, or frowning at something you’re saying.  Sometimes we don’t realize how much we depend on those visual cues to interpret how well the conversation is going.

And (3), you have nothing to rely on but your voice to help you sell yourself for the job…no brag book, no 30/60/90-day plan, not even your smiling, friendly face.  Just your voice.  Nervous yet? Don't be.

Here are 3 tips that will help you build your confidence so you can have a great phone interview.


   1.  Dress in a Killer Outfit—Even Though It’s Only a Phone Interview

The clothes we put on have a major impact on how we behave.  I have a friend who’s noticed that the days she wears her boots, she’s got a little more strut in her step than if she’s kicking around in her tennis shoes.  (BTW…take a look around one day and see how many people shuffle their feet when they wear flip flops.)  You’d think this stuff doesn’t matter, but it really does.

The idea is, if you want to make sure you behave and sound like a professional, you should dress like a professional.  It will put you in the right frame of mind and help you focus.  Put on a suit that makes you feel fantastic.  And it doesn’t even matter if it’s the same one you’ll wear to the face-to-face interview.  They can’t see it, after all.

Don’t wear something that’s too tight or doesn’t fit well.  It will make you uncomfortable and it will show up in your voice.

Please make sure that whatever you wear is something you feel comfortable and confident in.  If you feel it, you will act it.  It will come across even over the phone.

2.  Be Prepared

Do all your pre-interview research, list out the questions you want to ask, and even write down some key points you want to make.  The more you can do, the more prepared you will be and the more confident you will feel.  You will feel like you’re ready for whatever they can throw at you.

3.  Be Organized

Go old-school and lay out all your papers on your desk in front of you—your resume, your question list, your notes, everything.   Don’t try keeping everything all on the computer screen in front of you.  Print it out so you can lay hands on it quickly without clicking around to find it.  It’s faster and more reliable.  What if your computer freezes up?  You can certainly have the company’s website up, and maybe another site or two in other tabs, but for the most part, play it safe and keep your most important documents safely in front of you on your desk.


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