Wednesday, April 27, 2011

How to prepare for a phone interview

Use a quiet, comfortable, and private space. If you're at home, kick out the kids and the dog close the door. Also have a pad and pen ready for note-taking Turn call waiting off on your phone and be sure to use a land line, not a cell phone, whenever possible. You don't want to have to worry about static or dropped calls.
During the interview, you'll need to sound as professional as you would if you were meeting the interviewer face to face. Don't smoke, chew gum, eat, or drink while you're on the phone. Smile. Smiling will project a positive image to the listener and will change the tone of your voice. Speak slowly and enunciate clearly. Don't speak in run on sentences that will not allow the interviewer to interject or ask more questions. Use the person's title during the conversation (Mr. or Ms. and their last name.). Only use a first name if they ask you to. Otherwise, stick with the formal title.

Thank the interviewer and ask what the next steps in the process will be. Remember to send a thank you note after every interview, regardless of how it is conducted. Since you have to other option, you need to make effective use of your voice and communication skill to achieve your goal. Prepare yourself well before the interview. This will increase your level of confidence. Keep the resume in clear view, on the top of your desk, or tape it to the wall near phone, so it's at your fingertips when you need to answer questions. Have a short list of your accomplishments available to review. If you can't charge your phone fully or expect a really long interview, be sure to have a charger on hand so you can plug in while talking if need be.

Go through the company profile, subject technicalities and your resume. Write down all the possible questions which a person might feel like asking from you. Prepare answers to all those questions. Your answer should reflect your personality in positive light. Any employer looks for an honest, responsible, and confident person who is interested in the company and the vacant job profile. Do not use monosyllabic replies like "yes" or "no" Add some words to make your answer sound better. So, show all the qualities in yourself to the interviewer.

While talking to the interviewer, show your interest in joining the organization and working for the available position with determination and enthusiasm. Also, show your interest in appearing for a face to face interview. When you are done with the interview, write a short thank you letter to the person concerned in the organization. All these things are sufficient to give a positive impression of yours on the interviewer. You can wait for your next call.

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