Developing Your Career

Will You Be Ready When the Phone Rings?

By Greg Simpson on April 30, 2012

Telephone interviews are an efficient and cost-effective way for companies to screen the vast number of applicants applying for any given job.  But it isn’t always the easiest way for a job seeker to project an upbeat attitude and convey the value of top-notch skills.  Your goal is to prove that you have what it takes to do the job and that you’ll fit in with the organization’s culture. You need to quickly justify a face-to-face interview.

Most HR professionals call or email to arrange a mutually agreeable time for a phone interview.  However, the “ambush” phone interview still occurs, so you need to be ready when the phone rings.  Here are some tips to help you put your best foot forward:

  • Without the advantage of facial expressions or body language, you’ll have to use your voice to convey energy and enthusiasm.  Standing up and moving helps project energy.  Also remember that a smile can be heard over the phone, so try to smile occasionally when talking.
  • Have a space in your home dedicated to your job search and take your phone calls at that location.  Keep your resume near the phone so you’re prepared to discuss the accomplishments outlined on the resume without sounding distracted or scattered.
  • Have on hand any background material related to the position being discussed such as Internet postings, cover letters, networking contacts and other pertinent correspondence. 
  • Move the dogs and children into another room; it’s guaranteed that they’ll both demand your attention when you’re on the phone!

Preparation will ensure you sound confident and organized when the screening call comes in … and that could be the difference between striking out or making the cut.

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