Phone Interview

Phone interviewOne of the most terrifying aspects of heading out into the real world after college is going out and finding a good job. For a lot of people, it is even more terrifying to have to go through the interview process. Now, no matter what type of job you are going to be interviewing for, you are eventually going to have to do an in-person interview. But, in a lot of cases, you can do the first stage of the interview process over the telephone, which is going to help you be a lot less nervous when it comes time to be there in person for the interview.


Doing a phone interview is not all peaches and cream though. Just like with any type of job interview, there are all kinds of do’s and don’ts that you have to understand. After all, you don’t want to make any mistakes, especially this early on in the process. There are actually a lot of things that are identical with phone interviews and in-person interviews. Obviously, you don’t have to dress up for the interview, but there are many standard interview tips you really need to follow if you want to get the job, including:


Don’t smoke while you are on the phone interview. Believe it or not, no matter how quietly you try to inhale, the person on the other end of the line is going to hear it. If you happen to start coughing from the cigarette smoke, this is going to be really annoying for the interviewer, especially if the company has a strict non-smoking policy.


Don’t eat or chew gum during the phone interview. Again, this is something that the person interviewing you is going to hear. You wouldn’t do this during an in-person interview, and you should treat a phone interview the very same way.


Have your resume right there with you. The person conducting the interview is going to ask you many questions, and a lot of them are going to have to do with things that are on your resume. Make sure that you have your resume with you during a phone interview so you can look at it for detailed information if you need it.


Prepare questions for the interviewer. This is something that you should do for any interview, whether it is in person or over the phone. Having questions shows that you are prepared and have done some homework on the company. One question you will want to leave out is how much the salary is. Employers will tell you this when they are ready, and probably only if they plan to hire you.


Doing a phone interview is a lot less nerve wracking than actually going to an interview in person, but it is something that you need to take just as seriously. Make sure that you are totally prepared, and that you are ready for any questions that the interviewer may have to throw at you.


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