How to Shine in Your Phone Interview

You apparently did a great job in impressing the hiring manager with your resume. Now you need to prepare yourself for the imperative phone interview. Successfully answering the posed questions is key to securing a face-to-face interview or landing the job altogether. How can you blow away the employer over the phone and make yourself pop off of that resume they are holding in front of them?

First you need to set yourself apart from other candidates. Brand yourself and sell your unique aspects to the employer. Make sure that he or she knows your specific talents and why you are so valuable. This will help hiring managers remember you when it comes time to separating applicants from the pack. On the phone it is also important to have a positive attitude and show enthusiasm. Because you aren’t face-to-face you need to use the inflection in your voice to show interest in the job. Next, make sure you are listening and answering carefully. Answer appropriately to the question you were asked and don’t ramble off topic. It is important that you stay alert to the questions and stay on topic because you can’t see an employer’s body language if he or she is getting bored with you. The next step is probably the most important; research the company! Be prepared to talk about why you are interested in the company. If you do your research you are able to flatter the employer by talking about specific campaigns and how you are impressed with the goals and projects of the company.

At the end of your phone interview you need to make sure that you know your next step with the company. Make sure you write down the name of the person you were speaking to and get the information for your follow up interview. Be positive, polite and show interest in the company. You can land that job with this little push in the right direction.

Research and colored note cards

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The first research paper I ever did was on the history of cloves, which is a bit strange because I was a second grader at the time. While other kids were looking for information on kangaroos or the history of chocolate, I was reading about the history of spices. This may all seem a bit odd, but I don’t pretend to have lived a normal childhood.

My interest in research started back then. I enjoyed the colored note cards—pastel pinks, yellows, blues, greens—that represented different subject matters my paper would later highlight. I loved the old books with faded covers and black and white pictures of people who lived across the world. In short, I loved the very art of collecting information about a particular subject.

But not everyone has a positive view of research, in fact, probably very few people do; colored note cards just don’t do it for everyone. But research is something no hopeful applicant should ignore, because a well-researched applicant is an attractive applicant. Imagine you have an upcoming interview. Before going to the interview, you decide to spend a couple hours researching the prospective company. Such research leads to preparedness, confidence, and several other qualities that appeal to a potential employer.

Researching is also incredibly easy to do given the huge network of information available via the Internet. I recommend checking out a company’s main website and also any related company or industry blogs. After reading up on the different sites, it’s a good idea to prepare some questions for your potential employer ahead of time. But you should also be ready to modify those questions according to the natural course of the interview.

Research will always pay off for the serious job seeker and it’s a relatively simple process thanks to the Internet—one that won’t consume nearly as much time as the whole colored note card system.