Phone Interviews

You’ve finally heard back from the company of your dreams and they tell you they want to schedule an interview. The only problem is: they’re in Los Angeles; you’re in North Carolina. They don’t expect you to fly out there for a day, so they offer to do a phone interview. “Phew” you think – “a phone interview is going to be so much easier than a face to face interview.” Think again. The biggest mistake made during phone interviews is not taking them seriously. Phone interviews are actually a little trickier because of the mind set you must force yourself to be in.

Here are a few pointers for phone interviews:
1) Dress for a face to face interview. The more professional you dress, the more professional you feel. Don’t wear your pajamas-you can’t afford to sound/be too casual.
2) Set aside a location. Consider getting a room in the library, but make sure you go ahead of time to assure yourself a room. If you’re doing it at home, make sure your roommates are aware ahead of time that you have an interview at a certain time.
3) Eat a cough drop before the interview (see money.cnn link below). In addition, make sure you have water near you. You want to sound extra clear in case the connection is bad.
4) Talk with a smile-it makes a difference. You need to act as if the person can see you. You wouldn’t go into a face to face interview in a grumpy mood; talking with a smile can seriously change your tone of voice. Your passion and enthusiasm must come across in your voice!

There are several other small tips that can help perfect the phone interview. For more information, check out some of the links listed below: http://money.cnn.com/2010/02/03/news/economy/phone_job_interviews.fortune/index.htm
http://blog.penelopetrunk.com/2007/04/02/five-ways-to-do-better-in-phone-interview/
http://www.quintcareers.com/phone_interviewing-dos-donts.html

Extra tips for Skype Interviews:
1) Be aware of your surroundings and what is behind you. That huge pile of laundry might not give the best impression.
2) Dress the part in full. Don’t think that just because you look professional on your top half that it’s good enough. Interviewers have been known to ask interviewees to stand up.
3) Make sure you have a good Internet connection. You cannot afford the internet to cut out. Lastly, don’t forget to send a thank you note within 24 hours of your interview. Also, include a sentence or two to reiterate your best selling points. Good luck and happy interviewing!

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