1. What is the most important goal for a candidate to accomplish from the phone interview
- This is a screening process that is normally conducted by the HR Manager to select qualified candidates for face to face interviews.
- Your job is to secure a face to face interview by selling yourself to the company.
2. The MUST DO steps in preparing for the phone interview
- Study the company web-site in-depth (every page)
- Google the internet for pertinent information on the company; news articles, promotions, new senior associates joining the firm, mergers, acquisitions, etc.
- Study the job description
3. How to control your environment before and during the phone interview
- Eliminate noise: TV, Children, Airports, dogs barking, driving a car.
- It is recommended to use a land line for best reception.
- If you will be using your cell phone make sure you have good reception
4. How to you want to be perceived on a phone interview
- Honesty and integrity
- That you are interested in the company and position
- Friendly; Enthusiastic; Articulate, Intelligent; Prepared, Knowledgeable, Positive, Upbeat, Excited, Passionate.
- Be aware of your voice tone – If you had a bad day this will be picked up by the interviewer. You want the interviewer to hear a positive, upbeat person on the other end of the phone line
5. Do’s and Don’t of a successful interview
- Keep your answers brief and to the point
- Do not elaborate unnecessarily.
- Listen carefully to what is being said.
- Don’t talk over the interviewer or interrupt.
- Don’t bad mouth your previous employer or co-workers.
- Refrain from sharing too much personal information
- Do not make excuse for your mistakes.
- Take responsibility and share how you learned from a challenging experience.
6. Securing an invitation for an in-person interview.
- Thank you for your time. I really enjoyed our dialogue. Based on our conversation today, I am highly interested in this position.
- What are your thoughts about us getting together for an in-person interview?
- What needs to happen for me to get to the next step?
- When will you be making your decision on bringing people in for an in-person interview?
7. Appropriate follow-up after the phone interview.
- Send an email “thank you”
- Thank them for their time
- Reiterate the reasons why you think you are a good match for the position.
- Express your interest in meeting with them soon.
8. What questions to ask if you are invited for an in-person interview
- Who will I be interviewing with?
- Can you tell me something about their management style and personality?
- What is your dress code?
- What is the company culture?
- Where is the interview being held?
What to take with you to the interview
- Clean resume that matches the one you sent to the employer
- Portfolio or examples of your work that is pertinent to the position
- References (Again, make sure they are up to date with correct information)