Top Tips for the Phone Interview

This interesting article is provided by Dan Miller and 48Days.com
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Studies have shown that 90% of communication is nonverbal. So how do you shine in the increasingly popular phone interview? You can't take advantage of your good looks, great wardrobe, firm handshake, eye contact, and expensive perfume.

But there are unique elements of a phone interview that you can use to your advantage:

  • Stand Up. Standing changes your breathing and your tone of voice. It makes you sound stronger and more confident. (I stand and walk when doing phone coaching so I don't risk sounding tired or too casual.)
  • Have a Mirror Handy. Yes, be looking at yourself in a mirror. Your smile and facial expressions come through more than you may realise. Respond physically like you would in person and much of that enthusiasm will be translated via the phone anyway.
  • Have Your Answers Written Out. This is an open-book test. You can have your answers to all of the expected questions written out and actually sound much more polished than you may be able to in person. "What are your three greatest strengths? What do you look for in a supervisor? Why did you leave your last job?" Be ready with clear responses to these and many more.

Don't see the phone interview as just a preliminary step of little importance. It's the real thing. Put yourself at the top - it's fairly easy to outshine the competition.