How to Master a Phone Interview in 5 Easy Steps

It is common for employers to conduct interviews via telephone. With hundreds of candidates applying for a single job, this might sound intimidating.

 Don’t panic, We’ve got your back! These 5 tips will help you master your phone interview.

1. Prepare the same way you would for an in-person interview

It’s crucial to spend just as much time prepping for your phone interview as you would an in-person interview. Come up with a list of your strengths, skills you bring to the table and why you are interested in that specific job.

2. If the call comes out of the blue, ask to set a time to talk

If the call comes without warning, answer and say you’re thrilled to talk, but ask to speak later and suggest a time. Even if it is just for later that day, you need time to gather your thoughts, take a deep breath and find a quiet place to talk with a good connection where you won’t be interrupted.

3. Smile and make eye contact

Try standing and smiling while talking. Standing boosts your energy level and smiling while looking at yourself in the mirror, affects your tone of voice and will make a more favorable impression.

4. Don’t over-talk and listen closely

A phone call makes it difficult to read nonverbal cues that indicate the interviewer is about to speak. Talk slowly, pause and ask if more detail would be useful. Take notes on what the interviewer is asking. This will help you write a personalized thank you letter, which you MUST do post-interview.

5. Ask about the next step in the hiring process and then follow up

Before you hang up the phone, tell the interviewer how excited and appreciative you are for this opportunity and ask what the next step in the process will be. Use the notes you took during the interview to incorporate specific details in your thank you note. It is also important to include specific ways you would contribute to the company.

Mastering a phone interview can seem overwhelming, but by following these

5 simple steps, you can make the impression you want.

If you would like to practice or hone your phone interviewing skills, contact Career Coach Rachel Schneider for an appointment.

By |2014-07-21T18:00:30-05:00July 21st, 2014|Job Interview, Job Search, Uncategorized|Comments Off on How to Master a Phone Interview in 5 Easy Steps

2014 Hurricane Season is Upon Us… Be Prepared Not Scared

The time to prepare for a Hurricane is well before one shows up on the radar and is moving closer to your home. Taking some time now to prep will save you a lot of trouble down the road.  

1) Discuss evacuation plans and routes with your family NOW. Everyone needs a game plan that works best for their family.

2) Make a checklist of what you need to do before you leave town in the event of an evacuation. If you can make this list now with a clear head, you will be able to trust it when you are in a hurry.

3) Pack a Hurricane Supply Kit that includes: a radio, flashlight and extra batteries, extra eye glasses, bottled water, non-perishable food, dry clothes, bedding, games to pass the time, insurance information, important documents, medications, copies of prescriptions and special products for babies, elderly and medically fragile family members.

4) Back up your resume and other important documents on a jump drive and keep one sealed in a zip lock inside the Hurricane Supply Kit.  This way, reconstructing a resume from scratch in a time of hardship is totally avoided.

5) Learn evacuation routes and keep your gas tank as full as possible.  Expect and prepare for traffic delays.

Spending a small investment of your time pulling things together now, before they are needed, will save you headaches, frustrations and potential heartache down the road.

Don’t roll the dice with this one.

Make a Hurricane Supply Kit with your resume included in it this weekend.

By |2014-07-07T13:00:55-05:00July 7th, 2014|Hurricane Prep, Resume|Comments Off on 2014 Hurricane Season is Upon Us… Be Prepared Not Scared