•  Home Page
   •  Resume Writing
Cover Letters
Support Letters
Internet Posting
Job Search Strategies
Resume Samples
Credit Card Authorization

   •  Employment Links
About Us
Frequent Questions
Online Resources
Privacy Policy

   •  Tell A Friend
   •  Resume Critique
   •  The Blog
Printer Friendly
   •  Contact Us


Wednesday, May 31, 2006
The Telephone Interview
Did you realize that the first interview you receive will probably be via telephone? Companies are streamlining their hiring procedures and most do not conduct in-person interviews until well into the selection process. That means that your first impression with an prospective employer or recruiter will be audible, not visual. What does it take to make a good impression over the phone? Here are some issues to consider:

Take it Seriously – Most candidates aren’t as concerned about the intitial telephone interview as they are about the in-person interview which is a major mistake. The telephone interview is the make or break moment for continuing progress in the evaluation process. If you flub the telephone interview, there won’t BE an in-person interview!

Be Very Prepared – Have your resume near the phone so you can refer to it as needed. Have a list of questions prepared for each company to which you have applied and have that available. Be prepared for the general interview questions that are used for screening purposes – “Tell me about yourself.” Have your job search notes handy. Make sure your portable phone or cell phone is charged up.

Be Formal – Just because you may be standing there with a towel wrapped around you does not mean you can be lackadaisical. Stand up straight. Smile. Talk slowly and with great enunciation. Turn down all background noise (radio, tv, kids, etc.). Watch your grammar – “yes” instead of “yeah”, absolutely NO foul language, and watch your speech patterns. Speak as you would to a boss or a senior executive even if the person on the other end is more casual.

Follow Up – You should follow up a telephone interview just as you would any other type interview – with a handwritten thank you note or a personal email to the person who interviewed you. Make sure you get this contact information from the interviewer before you hang up. Follow up again in a few days to check the status of the position.

Ready the Voice Mail – Make sure your voice mail has a professional-sounding message. It may be cute to have the kids do the message but it’s not productive for making a good impression on possible future employers.

Schedule Ahead - Many recruiters will often email ahead to set up a time for a telephone interview. Take advantage of this and pick a time that will allow you to talk uninterrupted.

November 2005 / December 2005 / January 2006 / February 2006 / March 2006 / April 2006 / May 2006 / June 2006 /


We specialize in working with professionals in the high tech, engineering, and manufacturing industries to organize, direct, and accomplish their career goals. Our knowledge of technology and our expertise in these rapidly changing industries set us apart from all other career services firms and provides outstanding value to our clients. See how we can help your Career by reading our Blog.
                          < goto blog >




Copyright © 2005  Produced by i4market 

    about us  |  resumes  |  resources  |  cover letters  |  contact us  | free critique 345 Rt. 17 South Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458 USA EMAIL:
CALL TOLL FREE: 1.888.277.4270 (1.201.934.4237) FAX: 1.800.206.5454 (1.201.934.9263)