An interview is rarely a stress free event. For the college grad hungry for a great job it can be nerve wracking; an experience similar to an interrogation as interviewers put you on the spot and force you to think on your feet.
If you land a phone interview, you can easily turn the odds in your favor with a little prep. Here's how to master the phone interview and land that job.
Be enthusiastic - An interview is tuned into your tone while on the phone. Sound enthusiastic and smile while you talk. This naturally creates a more pleasant tone.
Use a solid connection - Avoid cellular phones and use a land line if possible to avoid interruptions. If you can turn off call waiting, do it. Interruptions and dropped calls can derail your train of thought and up your stress level.
Have a list of questions - Create a list of important questions and keep it with you. This way you don't forget critical questions, and makes you sound more interested in the company as opposed to just the job itself.
Have your resume handy - Keep a copy of your current resume on hand in case the interviewer references it, or you want to refer to it during the interview.
Match styles - Try to keep pace with the verbiage used by the interviewer. If they're using industry-relevant jargon or tech talk then you should do so as well. Sound the part.
Avoid Interrupting – It’s easier to trip up and talk over someone on the phone. You may want to bring up a big point or ask a question, but avoid stepping on the interviewer or interrupting them. Count to 3 after they stop talking to give them the opportunity to finish before you chime in.
Get somewhere quiet - If you live with others, then go to a quiet room to minimize background noise. Keep it quiet. Turn the TV off, shut off music, turn off the speakers on your PC and silence your cell phone if speaking on a different line.
Have an elevator pitch ready - Practice your 30 second summary of why you're a good fit for the job. This can help sell the interviewer on why you're perfect for the role.
Follow up - After the phone interview, always follow up with a thank you. Send this either via email or as a handwritten letter. In your note be sure to recap your skills and how you can help them meet their goals.
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