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How to Succeed During a Phone Interview

You received an email from a hiring manager requesting a phone interview. Although you would love to have an in-person interview, more companies are requesting a phone interview as the initial point of contact. Phone interviews can be a plus for job hunters. You have the opportunity to review information about the employer during the interview. Also, you get to stay in the comfort of your home instead of traveling to the company. Here are some tips to help you succeed on your next phone interview.

Are You the Right Fit?
According to an article on U.S. News & World Report’s site, the hiring manager is screening job candidates to find out the best people to bring in for an in-person interview. Therefore, your phone conversation should discuss why you deserve to be considered for the next interview. Focus on highlighting how your skills and experience matches the job position.

Beware of Distractions
During a phone interview, you need to project your voice and talk clearly during the call. Turn off your television and the sound on your computer. If you have call waiting on your phone, try to disable this feature during your interview. Try sitting in front of a table or a desk during the call. You don’t want to be relaxed during a phone interview. The hiring manager wants to make sure that you have a good speaking voice.

Conversation is Key
Although you are talking to a hiring manager, your conversation is still important. Hiring managers are interested in employees with charisma and a good personality. Be yourself during the phone interview. Ask questions about the company and about the position. You want to sound excited about speaking with the hiring manager and learning about this opportunity.

Source: U.S. News & World Report

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