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7 tips for mastering the phone interview

In the San Francisco Bay Area, recruiters and hiring managers put a lot of emphasis on the phone interview. And aside from judging your responses, they are also using every sound that comes from the phone to paint a picture of you. Here are seven tips to help you sound and be your best during a phone screen.

Prepare your materials
A few days before the phone interview, spend time familiarizing yourself with the job, company, and industry of the organization. Peruse the company blog and browse their PR and media links. Print anything that sparks questions and have it with you during the interview. Also, write a few questions down about the job, company and for the interviewer. A good question to ask a hiring manager is what made them want to join the company.

Schedule properly
If you are not a morning person, don’t schedule the phone interview too early in the day. Shoot for the time of day where you are able to focus the best and don’t calendar anything right before or after the phone interview.

Practice listening
Tune in to a podcast or listen to an audio book for 15 minutes each day before the interview. Play back what you heard in your mind and write it down on paper. Check your notes by replaying what you heard. Learning to narrow your hearing will ensure you won’t miss a word and keep you from having to ask the interviewer to repeat himself.