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Preparing for the Telephone Interview

January 30, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 243

The most crucial part in any interview is preparation and telephone interviews are no different. There are a number of items that are absolutely essential to a telephone interview. Make sure you have clean sheets of paper, pen, calculator, your resume and the list of qualifications that your job requires, a list of accomplishments relevant to the job, research about the company, a short list of questions concerning the job and a calendar. Since there is a long list of things that has to be done before a telephone interview, I will explain the necessities of each item along with how to use it to its maximum effectiveness. First the most basic of tools the paper and pen, these items are somewhat obvious, they are to record notes and important information that the interviewer mentions.

However, do not write down every single thing that the interviewer says because instead of actually focusing on the actual telephone interview, you are more focused on taking notes which will bad when the interviewer ask you an important question relevant to your job. The calculator might seem a bit "awkward" along with the rest of items but it serves more purpose than someone might think. The ideal situation where the calculator will become useful, will be when the telephone interviewer asks you quick question that deals with number, this is especially true if your telephone interviewer works for a something like an accountant firm. The resume and the list of qualifications, has to been in plain sight, because it is guaranteed they will ask you questions and hypocritical scenarios to test your awareness and understanding of the job. As for a list of accomplishments relevant to the job, this is a must for reasons that it shows the company your existing qualifications, so when they are looking for a position to be filled they will think of you first because you already have relevant experience to the job so they will have more trust in you for doing those tasks.

The research about the company, along with a short list of question is a must. The one thing I suggest is researching the companies' goals and structure. The short questions should be directed at the companys' goals and structure, but do not ever attack the companys' standpoint because it shows you are contradicting their style corporation or organization and they will almost definitely not hire you on. Instead after asking the questions and showing the interviewer that you did your research on the company, agree with what the company is doing and try to link it back to your previous relevant experiences and successes. As for the calendar, it is used for checking dates and when you would have free time if the company has expressed interest in either doing a follow-up interview or hiring you. These are the tools that are a must for the telephone interview.

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