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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The very best thing about phone interviews is the fact that they can’t see you—which means, you can use as many “cheat sheets” as you want to.  So what’s a cheat sheet?  Cheat sheets are just what they sound like:  notes that help you do better on the test, which in this case is the phone interview.  Phone interviews don’t have many advantages for you, but this is a big one.  Make the most of it with these cheat sheet ideas: 
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Your Resume

You will be discussing your resume during every phone   interview.  Always have it in front of you.  You never, ever want to have to say, “Let me pull my resume to see.”  You can even highlight a few especially relevant lines on your resume so you can find them faster.

A List of Questions to Ask

Asking questions is a powerful interview strategy. You’d be surprised at how many candidates just answer the questions and don’t take the initiative to ask any.  But they’re hurting themselves.  Asking questions shows enthusiasm and if you ask the right ones, the answers will give you a lot of helpful information you wouldn’t otherwise get.

What to ask?  Some questions will be company-specific and based on the research you did.  Others are general, like, “Why is this job open?”  “When do you expect to have someone hired?”

Key Points You Want To Make About Yourself

What specific parts of your background do you need to make sure to touch on in this conversation?  Write those down so you won’t forget.

Write down the terms you want to use to describe yourself.  If you have a certain phrase or wording that describes you in a powerful way, write it down so you will remember to say it that way.

Written-Out Answers To Interview Questions

You can always anticipate a few interview questions:  Tell me about yourself.  Why are you interested in this job?  Why are you leaving your current job?  Jot down some good answers to these standard questions so you’re ready to go with an answer.  Just don’t read it word for word.  It should sound natural.

Keep A Pen And Paper So You Can Take Notes

Take notes throughout your conversation.  It will help you write a more intelligent and customized thank you note, and it will help you better prepare for your face-to-face interview.    And, if they ask you to write down a website or a phone number, you need to be able to do that quickly.


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