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Phone Interview Tips to Get You Hired

Your resume is impeccable, your application was impressive, and you've piqued the interest of a potential employer, who now wants to learn more about you.

So, how do you get ready for this job interview? Fortunately, almost all of the typical guidelines from in-person interviews still apply, so the fundamental preparation work is largely the same. However, there are a few techniques related to phone interviews that can be quite helpful:

Tips to Ace the Interview:

1. Take it just as seriously as a face-to-face interview.

When your interview is first planned, make sure you schedule time to prepare for it BEFORE the interview.

2. Concentrate and eliminate any distractions.

Ensure that you are not distracted. Turn off the television.

If you're doing the interview at home with others, let them know you'll be occupied for a while and that they should give you some privacy. At the very least, get into a room where you can close the door and concentrate on your work.

3. Before the interview, do some research.

It's likely that you've applied to multiple companies, and knowing a little bit about who you're speaking with is usually beneficial. Google the business. Check in on them and see how they're doing.

The best aspect about conducting this study is that it helps you to adapt your responses when those interview questions come up.

4. Listen without dominating the conversation

Allow the interviewer to lead the discussion.

Ask a couple more questions, but don't turn the conversation back to the interviewer. It shows the interviewer that you're serious about the firm and the position, and that you've paid attention during the interview.

5. Make a "cheat sheet" for yourself.

Make certain that this is the company for which you wish to work. Inquire about aspects of the job that were not addressed in the job description. Ask about job specifications and obtain more information.

6. Slow down and take your time.

Take a beat (or a breath) between the time the interviewer asks you a question and the time you begin to respond.

7. Prepare for typical phone interview questions.

8. Send a thank you note.

9. If you don't hear back, follow up.

If you haven't heard from the hiring manager in a week or so, don't be afraid to inquire on their progress. Although they may still be doing interviews and so have no updates for you, checking in keeps you on their radar as they narrow down candidates.

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