May 24, 2012 3:14 AM GMT
So I have a phone interview for a job coming up on Friday. It's for a legit, full-time, salary plus benefits position, which would be my first ever. I had a phone interview for a similar position a few weeks ago and completely bombed it. My heart was pounding, voice was shaking, and mouth was moving before brain was thinking. I knew I was done halfway through my first answer and I could not wait to just hang up the phone and have it be over. Seriously my worst interview experience ever. I'm going to prepare a little more for this one than I did for the last one as far as rehearsing my answers and having a general framework for what I want to say. I think one of my biggest obstacles is that while I have always gotten nervous for interviews, with an in-person interview I am able to meet the hiring manager and have some meaningless chit-chat walking back to the office that calms my nerves somewhat and I do fine. With a phone interview you pretty much dive right in and that doesn't happen. But now I'm at the stage where more than likely for the jobs I'm applying for I'm going to have to get past a phone interview before getting an in-person interview. Any suggestions guys? I'm seriously afraid of this experience repeating itself, even if I'm more prepared. I really just want to do better on this one than I did on the last one, with moving forward in the process being gravy if it happens.