Telephone Interviews: The Next Best Thing to Being There

As our business days continue to fill and the pace getse more frenetic, you may find that your potential employer only has time for a remote interview. Here's some career-making advice if you find yourself caught in the situation of having to participate in a telephone interview.

  • Be prepared with printed documents by your side: your resume, a list of your accomplishments, a list of your skills, copies of the job description, and information about the company.
  • Think about the needs of the organization and how you can help them.
  • Surround yourself with silence - distractions will distract the interviewee even more than they distract you
  • Relax - try not to be nervous!
  • Rehearse the interview with someone you know on the phone before the actual interview begins.
  • Read a resume/interview prep book before the interview to gain confidence about the whole job search process.
  • Know your strengths and skills and be ready to present them coherently and concisely.
  • Know your weak points. Frequently interviewers will ask about your weaknesses - everybody has them! Be prepared with one or two examples of weaknesses along with a description of what you have done to overcome them.
  • Know the differences between your current job and the new job, learn about the types of customers you will be dealing with in the new job and how they compare to the people you deal with now. Be prepared to make comparisions between your impressions of the new job and your own experiences.
  • Talk about logistics. Be prepared to discuss how you will coordinate any potential travel and field work with your your lifestyle.
  • Be confident! Sound like you're enthusiastic about the work and proud of being considered by that company.
  • Know the answer to the question: Why should we hire you?
  • Speak clearly and with confidence.
  • Stick to the topic. Don't stray with your answers - remember that the person conducting the interview hasn't got all day to talk with you.
  • Keep it simple. Explain your accomplishments and other features in easy-to-understand terms.

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