Slidell Job Seekers: Don't Fear the Phone Interview

When you are applying forjobs in Slidell, you may face the possibility of being asked by a potential employer to engage in an interview over the phone. Don't worry, if you conduct yourself the same way over the phone as you would an in-person job interview then you're more than half-way there. Here are a few other things to do so you can nail that interview and hopefully be called in for the next step, courtesy of Andrew G. Rosen at U.S. News.

1. Have your resume and some notes with you. Having a copy of your resume in front of you during a phone interview allows you to reference it during the interview (and whoever you’re talking to will be looking at it too). Having some notes will also remind you of questions you want to ask or certain matters you want to talk about. Rosen recommends having physical copies of these things if you don’t have internet access.

2. Make the call at home. Making the call from your own home puts you in a relatively controlled environment with fewer distractions, which is the ideal place for a phone interview.

3. Be prepared. According to Rosen, it is best to be ready (with all of your materials) at least five minutes before the call comes in. He also says that interviewers may call early to test candidates.

4. Be mindful of your body language. Despite the fact that you aren’t physically in the room with your interviewer, body language is still a factor in the phone interview.

By Kyle Wise

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