In the search for employment, there are several hurdles that need to be cleared before the hiring manager extends an employment offer. Today, it’s becoming more frequent for applicants to be asked to overcome an additional obstacle: the phone interview.
Given the fact that a single job opening can attract dozens or even hundreds of resumes, a phone interview can serve as an early screening process that allows the hiring manager to determine which candidates to bring in for a follow-up meeting.
It’s tempting to think that a phone interview would be easy to ace in comparison to a traditional interview, perhaps because of the lack of formality and the ability to meet with the hiring manager from the comfort of your own home. However, it’s these very differences that can make phone interviews more challenging than you realize. Here are some tips to help you make a positive impression:
Be prepared. Much like you would for a face-to-face interview, prepare for a phone conversation by learning as much as you can about the company ahead of time. Read trade journals, conduct online research and speak to colleagues who might be knowledgeable about the organization so you can get a better sense of the firm’s exact needs — and how you can help meet them. In addition, have an idea of how you’ll respond to common questions, such as those about your exact level of experience and what appeals to you about the job. It also would be wise…
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