Nail the First Five Seconds

9 Jul

Use a Landline

Use a Landline

Tips on Rocking your Phone Interview:

Turn on the Radio

In a phone interview, your voice will make your big first impression, so get a head start on prepping your pipes a week pre-interview by tuning into talk radio. Whether it’s Cosmo, NPR, or the Red Sox game, notice the words and tone the hosts use to create a mental picture for listeners.

Polish Your Language

On that note, avoid filler words like yup, ummm, like,or you know.

Use a Cheat Sheet

One awesome thing about a phone interview is that it’s like an open-book test—you can have your notes right there in front of you, which gives you an extra confidence boost. Print out your resume, the job description, and a list of thoughtful questions to ask.

Nail the First
Five Seconds

Whether in person or on the phone, the manager’s initial impression  of you is the most important part of the interview. The key to rocking it? Find common ground that’ll make her feel connected to you. Instead of getting right down to business, start on a personal note, like, “I noticed you have a 202 number—I went to school in DC.” It makes you seem more human, not just a voice at the other end of the line.

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