How To Prepare for Phone Interviews

Summary

So you’ve landed an interview for the position you applied for, but it’s a phone interview. The word “phone” can throw some people.

A phone interview may sound like a piece of cake because you are just talking, engaging in a conversation without the nuance of body language, right?

WRONG!!

Even though this phone interview may not be THE interview, it is just as important to take it seriously and be prepared.

Often, phone interviews are conducted to get a feel of who you are and if you should be invited to the face-to-face interview.

In this week’s video, I will be sharing with you 3 special tips that will help you get prepared for a phone interview.

The information that I give to you will allow you to understand what a phone interview is and how to tackle all aspects of it.

Trust me, you will need this information because a phone interview should NOT be just another casual conversation.

So, don’t take this lightly and use the tips that I discuss to take advantage of getting over this hurdle to make it to the ultimate finish line, the main interview & a job offer.

Remember, to have a pen and paper with you because you don’t want to forget one word.

 

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Transcript

Hello Jobseekers, I’m Jennifer Tardy, your career success coach, and you are tuning in to the #CareerSuccess channel for UPs.

Today I will be sharing with you three tips that will sure to help you get prepared for a phone interview. Phone interviews can be just as intimidating as face to face interviews, but they can be successful if you know how to properly handle them.

Sit tight and don’t go anywhere because at the end of the video I will be sharing my favorite segment which is the #CareerSuccess Bonus Tip for UPs. You won’t regret sticking around with me! See you on the other side!

Phone interviews that take place before you are invited in for an in person interview typically happen for two reasons:

1) The recruiter wants to conduct a pre screen

2) The hiring manager (or a designee of the hiring manager) wants to evaluate you in order to decide whether or not to invite you in an in person interview.

In other words, they are getting a first opinion (recruiter) and a second opinion (hiring manager) before bringing you in to meet the full hiring team.

If you want to work with me directly to learn how to “Master an Interview and become an Offer Magnet” visit www.JenniferTardy.com/interview to take our newest course in the Career Success University.

This video will help you to prepare for a phone interview with your hiring manager.

Next week, I will show you how to prepare for an interview (or a prescreen, as I call them) with the recruiter.

Here are three tips that you can use to help you to prepare for your phone interview:

Tip #1: Understand the Pros and Cons of Phone Interviewing an PREPARE for Them

There is a bittersweet sentiment that I have with phone interviews. On the one hand, they can be less distracting because the interviewer doesn’t have the ability to judge your look, or any of your non-verbal expressions. On the other hand, more emphasis is placed on your words. That is, your look and non-verbal expressions can’t help you to land the job during a phone interview. You know how when you lose one of your senses, it just heightens the others. When an interviewer loses the ability to look at you, what you say becomes heightens. Remember that. You must be able to demonstrate with your voice and tone that you are highly engaged during the interview and there is not as much grace if you cannot clearly and concisely articulate your answers to the employer.  

**Want to get additional help learning how to speak while interviewing? Check out a previous video to gain a better understanding. “How To Speak Clearly And Concisely During An Interview”. 

Tip #2: Make Sure That You Know Your Resume Narrative

You’ve heard about how a recruiter only spends 6-7 seconds on a resume? Well this goes out the window for hiring managers. They will take longer dissecting your knowledge, skills and experience and asking you questions about any of these areas. They will want to know why you decided to leave an organization, why you decided to get a specific degree, what went into winning the award you have listed, etc. They are trying to reconcile the person on paper with the person on the phone. So the more you are able to answer those questions and to tell the real story (or narrative) about yourself, the easier it will be.

Quick Pause!

During a phone interview, how did you reply when asked why you left an organization when you know you were terminated? Did you tell the truth or made up a lie? Let’s get a conversation started below in the comment section.

Tip #3: Make Sure That You Are Prepared to Dive Deeply Into Your Experience For The Role

The hiring manager is usually the person closest to the role and because of this will have a better understanding of what the challenges are and what qualities a person would need to demonstrate in order to be successful. You may talk about some of the roles challenges in an effort to know how you can be a solution to that challenge.  

**Diving deeply into your experience will allow you to shine a light on your strengths. And of course I have a video that will assist you with this!! Make sure you go check out, “What Are Your Strengths? (JOB INTERVIEW QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS)”. 

As Promised, I wanted to share with you a career success tip!

CareerSuccess Bonus Tip for UPs: Remember how I mentioned before that when you take one sense away, that your other senses become heightened? Okay, well this is a good time to emphasize watching those nervous ticks. You know what I’m referring to, the “you know what I mean,” the “ums,” the “like” and other space fillers. It becomes much easier to pick up on these during a phone interview especially because the interviewer is unable to see you. I’ve heard many interviewers tell me that they started counting these ticks because there were so many. If you are uncertain that you have them, talk to a loved one that you trust and ask them to tell you what your nervous tick is. Lower 3rds: Career Success Bonus Tip for UPs

Thanks for watching this video! Hope you enjoyed the content shared with you today!

As a reminder, how to successfully prepare for phone interviews you must understand the pros and cons of phone interviewing and prepare for them, make sure that you know your resume narrative, and make sure that you are prepared to dive deeply into your experience for the role.  

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As always, for us to be #underrepresented no more, we must Learn, Engage, Apply, Repeat, Now. I’m Jennifer Tardy your CareerSuccess coach! I’ll see you in the next video!

 

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