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Your Next Employer Is Calling

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on September 5, 2010

Finally. You got a response from an employer asking you for a phone interview.

Here are a few tips for a stellar interview:

Preparation is key. Preparation includes not just preparing for commonly asked questions, but also preparing your environment for the interview. Job seekers should ensure that they have a quiet place for the phone interview with no interruptions. That means making sure that everyone in your household keeps all noise away from the place where you will be conducting your interview. You will come across as very unprofessional if the interviewer can hear the dog barking and the children screaming.

It’s also best to use a landline phone instead of a cell phone for your phone interview. You don’t want your call to drop while you are being interviewed. The other issue with cell phones is that reception can be poor in some areas. If you have to use a cell phone, try to find a spot where the sound comes through clearly.

Be likable. The recruiter has already determined from your resume that you have the qualifications for the job. What is most important at this point is that you confirm the recruiter’s positive impression of you. Your smile will come through over the phone even though the interviewer cannot see you. It’s also a good idea to say, “Hmm,” or “Yes” when the interviewer is speaking so that the person knows that you are paying attention.

Do your salary research before the face to face interview. Even though you as a job seeker don’t want to discuss salary prematurely (before an offer is made), it is very common for interviewers to screen potential candidates over the phone and find out if the two parties are in the same ballpark as far as salary is concerned. If the interviewer presses you for an answer about what salary you are looking for, give a salary range based on the research that you have done. That will still give you room to negotiate once you have made an offer. If you give a specific dollar amount, you then lock yourself in and don’t leave much room for negotiation.

Take advantage of http://www.salary.com and find salary surveys done by professional associations so that you know what the going rate is for your profession in the geographic location that you are interested in.

Practice your answers before the actual phone interview. As is commonly said, “You don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression.” With the competition being so stiff for jobs in a period of high unemployment, you want to make the best of any interview that you get, so it is to your advantage to practice your answers to commonly asked interview questions. This will give you more confidence and decrease your nervousness in the interview itself.

*Send an email to admin@calltocareer.com today to schedule an appointment with an executive career coach so that you can ace your next interview.

Cheryl Palmer is a certified executive career coach and a certified professional resume writer and is President of Call to Career, a career coaching and resume writing firm. She has been featured on the Wall Street Journal, CNN, MarketWatch, The Ladders, ExecuNet, and Yahoo HotJobs. Cheryl was also a guest on a radio show entitled How to Find a Job Fast hosted by Chris Russell of Secrets of the Job Hunt where she discussed tips for finding employment more quickly in this economic downturn. In addition, she was a guest on WMOV where she discussed networking for your career with host Greg Gack on the radio.

Cheryl has a social media program for executives to aid them with reducing the amount of time it takes to land a new position. She also conducts webinars on social networking. You can sign up for a free webinar at http://www.calltocareer.com.

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