Post # 1
And it’s a phone interview. Goo! I’m a little apprehensive about doing a phone interview because I feel like I’m a bit awkward over the phone. I am such a facially expressive person that I feel like they aren’t going to be able to get the full effect of me. Has anyone else had a phone interview? I know this is kind of a popular “first screening” thing now. Any tips on what I should expect or how to prepare for this?? Also- any ideas on how to get rid of this anxiety I have about this?! Eew.
Thanks in advance!!!
Post # 3
For me, the best part of a phone interview is I can have a list of reminders or notes sitting on my computer while I’m in the interview. Make sure you’re somewhere that is quiet and without other people around. I once tried to do an interview outside and it didn’t work out so well.
Post # 4
Just try to keep calm and keep water near by in case your throat gets dry. Most of the questions tend to be senario based, like “what would you do if x happened?” Good luck!
Post # 5
Have water to drink on hand in case your mouth gets dry. Say tongue-twister exercises before the call. Have your resume’ before you and highlight points about yourself you would like to emphasize for your interviewer. Put on soothing music in the background. Find a quiet place. Have a pen and paper to take notes. It is great you’re already such an expressive person, that will definitely come through over the phone. On that note, remember to smile as you speak — people can, in essence “hear” a smile over the phone, and it will instantly help you maintain a friendly tone.
Post # 6
Ive had several phone interviews before and always get nervous beforehand. I use the bathroom right before the interview in case the interview lasts a long time. I have a glass of water nearby and a pen/pad of paper. I try to have some points that I want to touch on written down so I remember to talk about them. I also like to have questions written down so Im prepared when it gets to that part. Another thing that helps me to be less nervous is to walk around a room (pacing) while talking on the phone. Good luck!!
Post # 7
@PitBulLover: I’m a phone interview pacer as well, but it helps me to pace before and sit with my notes during.
Post # 8
This sounds dumb, but stand up during the interview, your voice actually projects differently than sitting down, and smile when you speak, it sounds better on the phone
I’ve had several phone interviews, and sailed through every one, they are not so bad 🙂
Post # 9
I’ve been told before by a behavior coach to stand while talking on the phone if I want to sound competant.
Post # 10
Wow- all really great ideas that I didn’t even think about, so awesome! Thanks everyone! Keep em coming!
Now, I should probably stop drinking this delightfully tasty caffeine-packed coffee because I think THAT’S the dirty culprit that’s giving me anxiety. Sigh.
Post # 11
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Also, get ready for your interview as if it was in person (wear appropriate clothes, makeup, etc.). It can actually help you sound better (because you will feel more prepared). Ditto on the smiling and other facial expressions; it makes a difference in your voice. I also go to the bathroom right before. 😉