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Telephone Job Interview Preparation Tips

TELEPHONE INTERVIEW BACKGROUND

Telephone interviews are quite common in today’s job market.

They are offered for a variety of reasons including cost savings,

screening of candidates and out-of-town applicants. To successfully

navigate the phone interview, it is important to have a solid game

plan in place for preparation.

The following 8 quick tips will help prepare yourself for a

successful call.

8 QUICK TELEPHONE INTERVIEW PREPARATION TIPS

1. DO SOME RESEARCH

Try to find out who will be interviewing you. Will there be multiple

people on the call? If possible get their names and titles. Become

familiar with these before the call and you will have one less thing

to worry about during the call. Try and get some background on the

interviewer. Any insight you can gain about him/her will allow you

to better tailor your responses to make the best possible impression.

2. ORGANIZE YOUR THOUGHTS

Make a list of your accomplishments, goals and strengths. On another

list write out your weaknesses and what you are doing to overcome

them. On a third sheet write down why you are interested in the

company. Think carefully about all of these items as they often come

up in interviews.

3. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE

Never forget that a telephone interview is still an interview. Take

time to practice interview questions with friends or family. Ask

them to provide honest feedback so you can improve your responses.

Mock interview questions can easily be found on the internet or the

bookstore. If you get stuck on a question, sample answers to these

questions are often provided as well.

4. DO A SOUND CHECK

During the mock interview, have your friend ask you questions both

over the phone and in person. Make sure that he/she listens not only

for content, but also tone, rate and clarity of your speech. If

possible, record yourself speaking. Are you speaking slowly and

clearly? Can you easily be heard? Is your voice portraying you as a

confident and enthusiastic candidate? If not continue to practice

until you are comfortable.

5. FIND YOUR LOCATION

Stake out a quite space to occupy during your interview. Ideally,

there should be a comfortable place to sit as well as a table to lay

out your papers. Try and find a low-traffic spot where members of

the household are un-likely to disturb you.

6. ORGANIZE YOUR PAPERS

Have a copy of your resume and cover letter close at hand. Take out

those lists you made while organizing your thoughts. In addition

keep any notes related to the company that you feel may be helpful

during the call. Spread these items out across your table so they are

easy to access. Only keep what is truly necessary. Too much paper

can be a distraction.

7. GATHER YOUR WRITING TOOLS

Place a notepad and several pens or pencils on the table. These will

be helpful in writing down notes, questions and most importantly,

your interviewer’s names.

8. ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS

As the appointed hour draws near, make sure that the television and

the radio are turned off. Exit your email and turn off your computer

screen. If possible, disable your call-waiting. Let your family or

roommates know about the timing of the interview so they do not

accidentally disturb you. Place a do not disturb sign on your door as

a gentle reminder.

CONCLUSION

By following these 8 basic tips, you are making a great impression and

on your way to the onsite interview. Remember, the phone interview

is very important and you should plan and prepare for it carefully.

This article can be read online directly at:

http://www.worktree.com/newsletter/telephone-interview-preparation.html

Sincerely,

Nathan Newberger

Managing Editor

http://www.WorkTree.com

Helping You Find More Jobs Faster

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