Technology makes it easy for some companies to conduct an interview via the telephone. This way there is no travel involved for the applicant. The applicant does not have to go anywhere for a formal interview. If they are interested in the applicant, they might ask for a second interview in the office. Telephone interviews are good because it saves a lot of time and money, however, the applicant do not get that first impression experience.
When you receive the telephone call for the interview, do not ask questions such as, "Which job is this?" Do not make statements such as, "I applied for so many jobs I do not remember which company I sent resumes' too." If you would take the time to listen to the employer carefully, he will state the name of the company and the title of the vacant position. Often the employer will answer many questions in his introduction before you can even ask it.
The moment you get a call for an interview, you should start preparing for it. The best way to prepare for a telephone interview is to practice until you feel comfortable with it. You should handle all conversations about the interview in a professional manner. Do the telephone interview in a quiet room so that you can focus. Be prepared with a pen and paper handy to take notes. Make certain to turn off the television, radio, stereo, computer, cell phone and any other items that may distract you. Warm up your voice so that it is strong and upbeat. Turn off the call waiting service on your telephone. Keep the research materials and other information about the company in easy reach of the telephone. Have a glass of water handy to drink during breaks.
During the interview speak in specifics, and do not generalize the answers. When the interviewer ask a question, try to wait one or two seconds before you respond. This will ensure that he finished asking the question before you answer it. The only time to not be specific is when talking about salary. If he asks you about the salary respond by saying, "What would a person with my experience and skills typically earn in this position." Now you can make your decision after looking at all the pros and cons of accepting this new job.
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