GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn.-- In today's busy world, many employers are opting to do phone interviews with potential job candidates before they meet face-to-face.
So how do you ace a phone interview without just "phoning" it in?
Jeremy Berg from BERG Professional Staffing dropped by the show today to share some tips and tricks.
Here are his suggestions:
1. Know what you are talking about. Make sure you have a copy of your resume, the cover letter you sent and the original job description in a folder near your phone. It's also nice to add information about the company, the person who may be calling to interview you and any potential questions you know you'll want to ask. Be sure to be armed with a pencil and paper for taking notes.
2. Rehearse your responses. Prep for the conversation by thinking about the job and the qualities a candidate must have. How do your strengths match up? What are your weaknesses? Anticipate questions you might be asked and consider how you'll answer them. Bounce ideas off a friend if you're concerned about a particular aspect of the job description.
3. Watch your language. In a phone interview, it is important to speak slowly and clearly. Remember, the quality of your conversation and your ability to answer questions is all the interviewer has to go on over the phone. Keep the "ums," "ahs" and "you knows" to a minimum. Don't use slang or other informal language.
4. Think before you speak. Take the time you need to answer the interview questions completely and thoughtfully. Be sure not to interrupt or begin answering the question before the interviewer has finished speaking; there may be more to the question than you realize.
5. Ask for a meeting. If you feel the interview has gone well, be confident and direct enough to request a face-to-face by saying, "Would it be possible for us to meet in person and continue our conversation? I'd really like to have the opportunity to meet you." If the interviewer says no, or shies away from making a commitment, be sure you understand what the next step will be. Will they call if they want to meet you? Taking the time to close the deal proves your competence once again.
6. Have a mirror in front of you when you are talking on the phone. Those people that look happy, sound happy!
For more information about Jeremy and BERG Professional Staffing, check out bergstaffing.com.
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