Interview Phone Conversation – Phone Screen Tips (the basics) – This is a conglomeration of the great tips.
- The phone screen or phone conversation is often time the first step in the interview process.
- Be on a landline vs. cell phone (if possible) – phone clarity always helps.
- Don’t be in a room where the radio or TV is on, dogs barking, kids clamoring etc.
- Don’t smoke during the interview or open cans or bottles.
- Have your resume in front of you as well as the job description and maybe the client webpage/info.
- Try and find out who your audience is (who you’re talking to and what to focus on).
- Research and understand what the company does and why you would want to work there. Be able to state some reasons what’s important to you about them.
- Know your employment history. Business or personal answers should be no more than 30 to 45 seconds or less for each role you made a move. Be able to clearly, concisely and succinctly communicate why you left each company.
- Be prepared to talk about each of your positions 1) what were your specific responsibilities 2) what tools/technology you utilized 3) the scope of the project 4) the size of the environment.
- Smile and have energy – it makes you more likable and also makes you appear more confident.
- Volunteer verbally that you have done some research on the company & compliment when appropriate.
- Take some notes during the interview. You may want to refer back to them at the end of the phone call.
- Have intelligent questions prepared and written down on paper. Don’t try to go by memory.
- After you ask your question stop talking and listen well.
- Do not ask about hours, salary, benefits, flex time or work at home options.
- Don’t take any calls or put the employer on hold – any interruptions will hurt the conversation.
- If you don’t reach the employer at the designated time slot leave a message with your phone number.
- Then be there to answer the phone and call them back in 15 minutes if you don’t hear from them.
- Remember interruptions or delays on both sides are inevitable not personal. Things just happen.
- Find out as early as possible “what are the 3 most important things” they’re looking for.
- Avoid giving your opinion on anything (technology, politics, religion) unrelated to your interview.
- Do not communicate anything negative (past bosses, co-workers, family) ever during the conversation.
- At the end of your conversation let them know that you’re interested and qualified and why.
- Mirror & model the person you’re speaking with. You may need to speed up if they are talking fast and/or slow down if they are talking slower. People like to interview people who speak just like them.
- Be short, sweet and specific with your answers.
- If you don’t understand a question please ask them to clarify the question. Don’t guess or assume.
- Finish the phone conversation with as much energy as you started with.
- Do not send a follow-up thank you letter until you have forwarded it to me first.
- Top Ten Interview Questions – You tube
Good Luck and let me know if you have any questions?
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