Phone interviews, whether with a recruiter or hiring manager, are often the first step in the job interview process. If you flub it, game over. Here are some key tips to make sure you make it to round two — an in-person meeting.
Send your resume to the interviewer prior to the call, even if you think he’s got it.
If you’re using a cell phone, find a quiet place. Don’t conduct an interview in the backseat of a taxi or walking down a noisy street — even with a recruiter.
If you plan on using a headset, call a friend first for a test run to make sure you don’t sound like you have marbles in your mouth.
Have a copy of your resume in front of you as a point of reference during the call.
If you have a job description for the position at hand, re-review it just before your call so the qualifications and responsibilities are top of mind and you can speak to these key points.
Don’t interview in your PJs. Get dressed for the day. If you look the part, you’ll feel the part.
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