(Closed) AH! Phone interview next week!!

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@gocubbies: Hey! Yes, I’ve had experience with one phone interview. I’d done about 6 face to face interviews before that trying to find a work term for my university co-op program. It was the only job I was offered. 

You might find you’re more comfortable talking to someone you can’t see. You won’t be worried about your body language or how you look or if your shirt isn’t straight or something. You may be able to focus a lot more on your answers.

Good luck! Just take it one step at a time. Relax in your pjs or something if you can to put you in a better place.

Post # 5
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46161 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have done this in the past. My tips:

-dress professionally for the interview- it does affect your attitude

-anticipate the questions you may be asked, develop your answers and print both of them out-print the answers only in point form so you don’t sound like you are reading them

-do research on the university itself – jot down some points and print those out too

-think of problem situations and how you addressed them in the past-print them out

– what are your negative qualities- think how to make that a positive-print those out

-make sure you have quiet surroundings and that your SO is not at home-

 

Post # 6
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1560 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

You are going to ROCK this interview girlfriend! Laughing You’ve got me, the hub and the purpies rooting for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think phone interviews are my favorite- every phone interview I’ve done I’ve been offered the position, in person is more 50:50. Also, I like to pace when thinking and so on the phone I can pace to my little heart’s content and not look like a loon.

– I agree about having cover letter, resume, etc infront of you in a print out. I once had them open on the computer and I caught myself starting to go to facebook.

– Make sure the place you are receiving the call from is quiet. I used FH’s old apartment for my latest which would have smart in theory. Except that was the day they decided to do lawn work so I had to hide in the bathroom.

– Have a CUP of water nearby. Waterbottles make a noise typically. But you don’t want to have a coughing fit in your interview (I hate that I can’t do this in real interviews)

– If you do sit while interviewing, don’t slouch too much. Just like they tell you in chorus and orchestra, it impeeds your breathing if you slouch, which carries into your voice.

Good Luck!

Post # 8
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Good luck!  I’ve never had one but I’m sure you will rock it!

Post # 9
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6351 posts
Bee Keeper

Good luck my friend! I’d recommend writing out answers to some basic questions since you can have anything with you since they can’t see you.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

CONGRATS!!  I have had lots of interviews this past year, but no phone interviews… I always thought they sounded like fun!  I would also recommend printing out questions/answers to have in front of you, along with info about the school.  Make sure the font is big and clear so you can easily read it!

Also, I don’t know what kind of work you do, but I’m a teacher, so I have a ton of work samples and pictures of my students doing projects to use when I interview.  It helps to jog my memory about different scenarios and such.  If you have anything like that, lay it out in front of you during the interview.  It might help.

This could be a little risky… but maybe a small glass of wine a little before might help you relax as well.  Obviously too much is not going to help you out 🙂 but a little might help!  If you think that might not work, try chamomile tea… it helps you relax as well!

Post # 14
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Ick the no benefits thing reallly sucks.  Good luck with talking about a raise at your current work!

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