Job interviews can take on many forms. It is not uncommon to have a preliminary interview for a job on the telephone, and it is becoming increasingly more common for job candidates to conduct interviews using a smartphone. If you schedule a telephone interview with a potential employer, follow these tips for a more effective interview:1. Have your resume and the job description in front of you while on the phoneThis will help you remember the focus of the call and give you a reference if you get nervous or forget what position you are interviewing for.2. Circle key words on the job descriptionWhat skills is the company looking for? If you circle those on the job description, you can focus your conversation around those skills and use them to explain why you are right for the position.3. Make a list of your professional successes related to the job descriptionIf you write this list down before the phone call, you won't get lost or stumble over yourself trying to explain how you're right for the role. You can reference the list while explaining how you are the right person for the position by highlighting your job-related experience.4. Write down questions as they are askedEspecially if an answer is lengthy, you don't want to get in the middle of it and forget the question. Jot down a key word or two to remind you what the question was so that you don't get lost in the middle of the answer.5. Remember the basics of phone etiquetteMake sure you talk directly into the phone so your interviewer can hear every answer, and smile. Believe it or not, a smile does come across on the phone. If you're interviewing on a smartphone, make sure your plan is updated and you have enough minutes, and conduct the interview in a private location, not public.If you prepare for the interview beforehand, you increase your chances acing the telephone interview. Treat it with the same reverence and enthusiasm you would an in-person interview.
5 Tips For Acing A Phone Interview
Acing the Interview
30 seconds is all you have to make an excellent first impression. Why not make the most of that time by being mentally prepared before you walk through the door?Make a Strong StartBe sure to arrive 10 minutes early, and park in a location that won’t limit your interview time. Turn off your cell phone. Treat everyone you meet with respect, starting with the receptionist and others you encounter. Have positive body language and good posture. Maintain eye contact.It’s GO timeGreet your interviewer with a warm smile and a firm handshake. This is your opportunity to market yourself, so focus on your strengths and attributes without sounding boastful or arrogant. Be confident and clear that you want the job, and the reasons why you are a strong fit for the position and the company. Show your interest in the company by asking questions about the position, the culture and management style. The homework you do ahead of time should help direct the questions you ask. Be positive, even if you discover that the role is different than your expectations. Continue with the interview, and re-evaluate when it is over.Conquer the CloseYou’ve asked all the right questions, and provided strong answers. Now it’s time to conclude the interview like a professional:Reiterate your interest in the position and the companySummarize your strengths and competencies in relation to the job requirementsAsk for the job, or for the next step depending on what seems appropriateAsk for your interviewer’s business card.Thank the interviewer for his or her time and consideration. Be sure to smile and give a firm handshake.After the interview is over, dive right into your follow up, which presents additional opportunities to market yourself and secure that job.
5 Things Not To Say In a Job Interview
What you don't say in a job interview is just as important as what you do say. Follow these interviewing tips to ensure you stand out for the right reasons.In a job interview, what you don't say to a potential employer could have as big an impact on your prospects as what you do say. Strengthen you approach by avoiding these common errors in your next job interview."I'm not familiar with your company, what do you do?" Do your homework so you can ask intelligent questions about the job. This shows potential employers that you are prepared and proactive. If you're truly interested in the job, you'll be a much better employee and more likely to get hired. Plus, researching the company before you show up for the interview shows that you have initiative.Anything negative about your last boss or job.If you sound overly critical of your previous employer, your interviewer will wonder what you'll have to say about his company when you leave. Even if what you say is true, keep it positive, or least keep a neutral tone in the interview. Try to find a way to turn negative experiences at previous jobs into a positive for the interview or simply respond that the new position aligns with your career goals and presented an opportunity you couldn't pass up."It's on my resume." If an interviewer asks you about an experience that is on your resume, they want you to elaborate. Instead of saying “it's on the resume,” which sounds flippant, go into more detail about the job they are asking about. Tell the interview what you did, how you did it, and the impact you had on the employer you were working for. The more you are able to integrate measurable results and real-world professional examples, the better your chances of landing the position."My only professional weakness is I care too much." Everyone has weaknesses, potential employers do not expect you to be perfect. This question is intended to uncover your level of self-awareness and your ability to tackle problems. You'll impress your interviewer more if you're honest about what you're working on, and outline the proactive steps you're taking to close the gap. Turn your weaknesses into a positive, but don't gloss over them."I'm an out-of-the-box thinker." This is a cliché. Even if it's true, it will make you sound boring and uncreative. Your interviewer is looking for what sets you apart from other job candidates. You might as well drop every cliché you're thinking about saying in a job interview. The rule: Don't state it, demonstrate it with real-world examples of your professional achievements.This article is contributed by Right Management,www.rightmanagement.sg, the global career experts within the ManpowerGroup.
Interview Follow Up
Move Closer to the Job OfferToday’s interview follow up is more than a thank you note. Think of it as a process that keeps you in contact with your potential employer. Through this ongoing contact, you have additional opportunities to demonstrate your strengths and your value to the company.The LetterThe first step is a follow-up letter, sent within 24-48 hours of your interview. Send an individual letter to each interviewer. You can use a similar letter, but find a way to personalize each one. Address each interviewer by name and title. Use the medium — email or regular mail — that is most appropriate for that company. If you use regular mail, choose a high-quality paper and envelope.Some tips to make an impact with your message:Start the letter by thanking the interviewer for his/her time.Review the important points of your conversation to bring your interview back into focus for the interviewer and to show you were attentive.Summarize your strengths, skills and the ways you can add value to the company.Express enthusiasm for the company and your desire for the position.Ask for the job, if appropriate.Keep your letter concise, upbeat, and of course, free from spelling or grammatical errors.Next StepsIf you provided references to your interviewer, make a point of contacting each person to alert them to a potential call from the company. After 10 days, follow up with a phone call to ask where the interviewer is in the process, and if you can provide any additional information. Take this opportunity to remind the interviewer of some unique quality or strength you can bring to the job. Finally, continue your job search.If You Don’t Get the OfferIf you are not offered the position, turn a negative into a positive by asking the interviewer if you can bring him/her into your network. Ask for referrals to other contacts. Your proactive steps demonstrate your networking skills and may earn you some insight into another job opening.