Looking for a job? Know someone who is?
Know a young person ready to hit the job
market this summer? Recruiters and
potential employers use phone interviews
to narrow their list of prospects and
are ruthless about dumping the duds. A
good first impression on the phone is
the first step to a personal meeting
that can lead to a job (or a sale!).
Here are some tips.
#1. Conduct the call from a quiet
Pick a place where the caller won’t hear
leaf blowers, barking dogs, screaming
kids, or kitchen or bathroom noises. If
you receive an incoming call from a VIP
at a bad or noisy time, politely ask to
reschedule the call.
#2. Use a land line
Cell phone service is still too
unreliable and noisy. Your call can be
dropped. Be very careful with internet
based phone services like Vonage.
Although inexpensive, they can also
cause drop outs on important calls.
#3. Give the caller your undivided
Multitasking while on the phone has
become a bad habit and even a compulsion
with many people. If you are focusing on
documents on your computer screen or
desk while you are on the phone, you’ll
get a distracted tone in your voice that
the person you are speaking with can
#4. Prepare for the call
If the call is the prelude to a job
interview, review the company website.
Make notes and have questions ready for
the interviewer. Have your resume close
at hand and email work samples in
advance if requested. Have a glass of
water by the phone. Avoid dairy, fried
or oily foods before an important call.
These foods cause phlegm that can
temporarily cause you to clear your
throat a lot during the call.
#5. Speak enthusiastically
According to the Wall Street Journal,
interviewers listen for vocal cues
indicating qualities such as passion,
professionalism and enthusiasm. Don’t be
guarded. Allow them to get a sense of
your personality and who you really are.
But don’t be too casual. Unpolished
speech habits like calling the
interviewer ‘dude’ or ‘brother’ are
instant turn offs.
#6. Follow up
After a phone interview, follow up with
a thank you email that summarizes the
conversation and reinforces your best
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