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Telephone Interview Tips

Successful Telephone Interviews

Research

Prior to the phone call, research their website at length.

Why are you Interviewing?

Know the reason why you would like to work at the company.

Laundry List

Have a list of accomplishments and pertinent skills in front of you and know why are you a fit for the job. If you can not articulate this effectively, you may not get to the face to face interview.

Privacy Please

Schedule the interview at a time and number where you can be alone and talk freely. Land lines are better than mobile phones whenever possible.

Resume at the Ready

Be sure to have your resume in front of you so you can follow along with your background as they ask you questions.

Be Honest

Answer questions as directly as possible. If you do not know, say so. Be candid, friendly, cheerful and courteous. Confident but not cocky. If you sense that the other person wants to do lots of talking - let them. People like others who are interested in hearing them talk!

Next Step?

At the end of the interview, try to get a face to face interview. Ask what is the next step before hanging up the call.

Address Weaknesses

If you can, find out from the interviewer what they feel your strong points and weaknesses may be. This way, in the face to face interview you can reemphasize the strong points and address any perceived weaknesses.