Archive for the ‘Phone Interview’ Category

Growing Requests for Specifics
January 23, 2011

In recent months, a growing number of my clients are getting follow-up e-mails from the internal and external recruiters, who conducted the initial phone interview, asking them to respond to specific questions.  And, they request that those responses be e-mailed back to them in writing. 

Behind the scenes, this often means the hiring manager is interested in your resume, has qualified candidates but  needs  more detailed information about your background and experience before deciding whether to interview you face-to-face. 

As a candidate, this request is ideal.  You get the opportunity to take the time to carefully craft your responses.  Consider them as an addendum to your resume.  

  • Give them solid proof of your experience by including specific examples. 
  • State the result first then briefly indicate how you achieved it. 
  • Keep your responses short and to the point. 

And remember, this is also gives them an example of your written communication skills. So take the time to carefully proof-read and spell check your responses before e-mailing them. 

Review these questions carefully when you prepare for your subsequent interview.  They may indicate  what’s really important to the hiring manager too. 

And, finally, think about whether you should add this information upfront in your resume.

Heather

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Keeping the Silence – Step #6 to Acing Your Next Phone Interview
September 2, 2010

This is the last of six steps to acing your phone interview and often the most difficult.  Let any silence during conversation just be there.

  • This is tough to do when you’re on the phone. However, being comfortable with brief silences will keep you from saying things you haven’t practiced and really don’t want to say.
  • When you do break the silence, ask if the interviewer wants you to expand on anything. If not, ask an appropriate follow-on question.
Practicing all six steps will help you master your phone interview skills so that you can move to the next step in the hiring process – a face-to-face interview.
Heather

Sounding Professional – Step #5 to Acing Your Next Phone Interview
September 1, 2010

 To sound professional, it helps to:

  • Stand up so you remain alert and focused.
  • Speak clearly so they hear your entire response.
  • Smile because smiling makes you sound warm, friendly and approachable.
  • Dress in interview clothes to achieve a confident, professional manner
  • Avoid chewing gum, coughing or clearing your throat directly into the phone. It’s always better to excuse yourself for a minute if necessary.
  • Practice beforehand with friends or family members.

Heather