Video:Phone Interview Tipswith Alison Doyle
Many companies screen job applicants by having a phone interview before calling you in for face time. Find out how to pull off your phone interview without a hitch so you can get closer to nailing down that dream job.See Transcript
Transcript:Phone Interview TipsHi, I'm Alison Doyle for About.com. Some employers choose to prescreen job candidates over the phone before doing an in-person interview. Find out how you can prepare for a phone interview so that it goes off without a hitch.
Confirm All Aspects of the Phone InterviewBefore the call, confirm all arrangements such as the date, time, and who you will be talking to.
Prepare for the Phone InterviewResearch the job and the company so you are prepared to discuss the organization and your role. Practice interviewing so you have an idea of what you'll say in response to likely interview questions.
Choose a Smart Interview SpaceUse a quiet, comfortable, and private space. If you're at home, kick out the kids and the dog and close the door. Have your resume in clear view taped to the wall or on your desk.
Also have a pad and pen ready for note-taking Turn call waiting off on your phone and be sure to use a landline, not a cell phone, whenever possible. You don't want to have to worry about static or dropped calls.
Be Cognizant of Your Phone CommunicationDuring the interview, you'll need to sound as professional as you would if you were meeting the interviewer face to face. Don't smoke, chew gum, eat, or drink while you're on the phone. Smile. Smiling will project a positive image to the listener and will change the tone of your voice.
Speak slowly and enunciate clearly. Don't speak in run on sentences that will not allow the interviewer to interject or ask more questions.
Practice Regular Interview FormalitiesUse the person's title during the conversation (Mr. or Ms. and their last name.). Only use a first name if they ask you to. Otherwise, stick with the formal title.
Thank the interviewer and ask what the next step in the process will be. Remember to send a thank you note after every interview, regardless of how it is conducted.
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