Phone Interviews

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    May 29, 2013 2:07 AM GMT
    So I have a phone interview tomorrow morning! It's for a lab technician position. The thing is, I've never actually had a phone interview before. Doesn't seem as bad because I can pace around on the phone and be all anxious on the other end as long as it doesn't come out in my voice. icon_razz.gif

    What have you guys done during phone interviews? What do you recommend and not recommend?
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    May 29, 2013 2:16 AM GMT
    I usually surf the internet during phone interviews. You just have to be stealthy about it so that they don't hear you tapping on the keyboard or clicking on the mouse. Also, did a phone interview while lying in bed, from waking up only moments beforehand. Felt so relaxed.

    Really, do whatever makes you feel comfortable. I would suggest not eating/drinking. Or using the bathroom.
  • Varanus

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    May 29, 2013 2:38 AM GMT
    Love phone interviews...There so casual in the sense that you don't need to spend ages getting ready.
    I've laid in bed, surfed the net and even copped a bj once icon_lol.gif
    For my current job I had a phone screening, a interview over Skype and then I had to travel for my third interview so for the one over Skype all I did was put my face on and the top half of suit.
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    May 29, 2013 2:41 AM GMT
    xrichx saidAlso, did a phone interview while lying in bed, from waking up only moments beforehand. Felt so relaxed.
    lol, same. i got the job too.
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    May 29, 2013 1:49 PM GMT
    I usually pace around the room when i'm on a phone interview. I find that sitting down still sometimes feel restraining such that I get even more anxious, so pacing around helps me to keep my cool while not taking away too much of my focus on Q&A. Otherwise, i find phone interviews easier because I won't be distracted by the interviewer's sudden change of facial expression or movement that's a cue for something not so great.

    Anyways, good luck!
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    May 29, 2013 1:52 PM GMT
    Try to smile a lot...it's a tested sales belief that a smile can be heard over the phone...you are selling your services during any good interview....my $.02.
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    May 29, 2013 1:59 PM GMT
    OneFish said

    What have you guys done during phone interviews? What do you recommend and not recommend?


    Masturbate. It will come across as excitement and eagerness.
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    May 29, 2013 2:16 PM GMT
    A cup of tea and have a friendly pet around. Also, have the job spec in front of you. I had mine colour-coded so I could instantly refer to the points I needed.

    I got the job.
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    May 29, 2013 2:18 PM GMT
    Yer Terry cup of tea, and stay calm and carry on.

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    May 29, 2013 2:27 PM GMT
    tea_fixes_everything_large_mug.jpg?heigh
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    May 29, 2013 4:01 PM GMT
    gayinterest saidA cup of tea and have a friendly pet around. Also, have the job spec in front of you. I had mine colour-coded so I could instantly refer to the points I needed.

    I got the job.


    Yes - me too! Usually I find that the phone interviews I have done are an initial HR "screen" and then they bring you in for a formal one or two or three!
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    May 29, 2013 4:12 PM GMT
    OneFish saidSo I have a phone interview tomorrow morning! It's for a lab technician position. The thing is, I've never actually had a phone interview before. Doesn't seem as bad because I can pace around on the phone and be all anxious on the other end as long as it doesn't come out in my voice. icon_razz.gif

    What have you guys done during phone interviews? What do you recommend and not recommend?


    These are some of the items that have helped land the job -

    (1) Have the website of the company in front of you, quickly surface the product or service they have. Make comments of the service of product during the interview - give interest to the company.

    (2) Have the job description in front of me and ask pertinent questions. Also have your resume in front of you or on your screen if they ask questions about your job history.

    (3) Have RJ website open in the background for inspiration as wellicon_biggrin.gif

    Just relax and it will be okay.
  • madsexy

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    May 29, 2013 4:34 PM GMT
    WOW hope this isn't too late for you. Having not too long ago gone through the job interview process, many of which started as phone interviews, it never occurred to me to surf the net or engage in any kind of sex or other distraction while I was doing it. I wonder how it would have affected my result . . . but I'll never know, so I'll share some things I learned.

    Be as prepared in a mental sense and attention sense for the phone interview as you would be in an in person interview. Since you don't have the advantage of being in the room with someone, fully interacting with the interviewer is compromised and, thus, so is your ability to discern as much about the interviewer's intents through the questions and/or reactions to you and your responses. You have to work harder to have the same effective interaction. (I actually practiced with a friend a few times on the phone to try it.)

    DO NOT use your keyboard or computer during the interview unless you are participating in a webmeeting as part of the interview. The phone mic's sensitivity to sound is far greater than we generally remember or imagine, and familiar sounds like the sound of keys being clicked, even very softly, is easily discernible by the interviewer.

    Same principle goes for walking around which is easy to hear through a phone because the acoustics change and frame your voice differently. And even breathing. Some people's breathing is louder or impacts the phone mic in a way that sounds like sighing, wheezing, panting or worse. Again, a quick trial with a friend on the phone you'll be using can be very handy - it was for me.

    And I'll echo more specifics about preparedness and focus. Having the job specs and any company information at hand isn't as useful as having reviewed it immediately prior to the interview and having it fresh in your mind.

    Also, have a list of points you'd like to make about your qualifications and/or interests in the job written down and in front of you. I reviewed them immediately before the call so I remembered what I was "selling" and I used them as a cue type of reference so that when I was answering questions I covered points I wanted to be sure to work into my answers. Same goes for questions about the job or company - have them written out and handy, having reviewed them before the call, too, so they're fresh in your mind.

    Lastly I would remind you that any impression someone has of you from the phone is out of context, so try to be as comprehensive in presenting yourself as possible. One follow-up in-person interviewer said, "Oh, I didn't realize you're so tall", and it appeared to me that he was a bit distracted by that for a while. Not anything I could do about that, but there are other aspects that a person conjures up after a discussion about a person they've never met that then have to be "reconciled" when they meet in person. Try to avoid anything that would set that up to be a significant or detrimental aspect.

    I realize that last one is difficult . . . but it's important to keep in mind.

    Good luck with the interview!
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    May 29, 2013 5:03 PM GMT
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    OneFish saidSo I have a phone interview tomorrow morning! It's for a lab technician position. The thing is, I've never actually had a phone interview before. Doesn't seem as bad because I can pace around on the phone and be all anxious on the other end as long as it doesn't come out in my voice. icon_razz.gif

    What have you guys done during phone interviews? What do you recommend and not recommend?


    These are some of the items that have helped land the job -

    (1) Have the website of the company in front of you, quickly surface the product or service they have. Make comments of the service of product during the interview - give interest to the company.

    (2) Have the job description in front of me and ask pertinent questions. Also have your resume in front of you or on your screen if they ask questions about your job history.

    (3) Have RJ website open in the background for inspiration as wellicon_biggrin.gif

    Just relax and it will be okay.


    I would do the research BEFORE the interview and print out if possible. Not many people can multitask when they are on a phone interview!
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    May 29, 2013 5:06 PM GMT
    madsexy saidWOW hope this isn't too late for you. Having not too long ago gone through the job interview process, many of which started as phone interviews, it never occurred to me to surf the net or engage in any kind of sex or other distraction while I was doing it. I wonder how it would have affected my result . . . but I'll never know, so I'll share some things I learned.

    Be as prepared in a mental sense and attention sense for the phone interview as you would be in an in person interview. Since you don't have the advantage of being in the room with someone, fully interacting with the interviewer is compromised and, thus, so is your ability to discern as much about the interviewer's intents through the questions and/or reactions to you and your responses. You have to work harder to have the same effective interaction. (I actually practiced with a friend a few times on the phone to try it.)

    DO NOT use your keyboard or computer during the interview unless you are participating in a webmeeting as part of the interview. The phone mic's sensitivity to sound is far greater than we generally remember or imagine, and familiar sounds like the sound of keys being clicked, even very softly, is easily discernible by the interviewer.

    Same principle goes for walking around which is easy to hear through a phone because the acoustics change and frame your voice differently. And even breathing. Some people's breathing is louder or impacts the phone mic in a way that sounds like sighing, wheezing, panting or worse. Again, a quick trial with a friend on the phone you'll be using can be very handy - it was for me.

    And I'll echo more specifics about preparedness and focus. Having the job specs and any company information at hand isn't as useful as having reviewed it immediately prior to the interview and having it fresh in your mind.

    Also, have a list of points you'd like to make about your qualifications and/or interests in the job written down and in front of you. I reviewed them immediately before the call so I remembered what I was "selling" and I used them as a cue type of reference so that when I was answering questions I covered points I wanted to be sure to work into my answers. Same goes for questions about the job or company - have them written out and handy, having reviewed them before the call, too, so they're fresh in your mind.

    Lastly I would remind you that any impression someone has of you from the phone is out of context, so try to be as comprehensive in presenting yourself as possible. One follow-up in-person interviewer said, "Oh, I didn't realize you're so tall", and it appeared to me that he was a bit distracted by that for a while. Not anything I could do about that, but there are other aspects that a person conjures up after a discussion about a person they've never met that then have to be "reconciled" when they meet in person. Try to avoid anything that would set that up to be a significant or detrimental aspect.

    I realize that last one is difficult . . . but it's important to keep in mind.

    Good luck with the interview!


    GREAT advice and I didnt read his post before I did mine above. ALL salient points and very smart. Mad, I assume you got the job? I would hired you just based on your RJ resume icon_twisted.gif
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    May 30, 2013 5:49 PM GMT
    Thanks everyone! icon_biggrin.gif Tons of helpful advice from all of you.

    The interview went really well and for the most part it wasn't that bad, aside from sounding anxious and fumbling a little during one question. But oh well.
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    May 30, 2013 5:55 PM GMT
    I hate phone interviews with a passion. I like being able to read people as I'm talking and make cut stories off if I seem to be losing my listener or extend them if they're interested, but that's so hard to tell blindly. I just had one this morning and I don't feel great about it, but I never do with phone interviews, so who knows.

    I think that interviewers know that phone interviews are inherently limited, though. Good luck.
  • madsexy

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    May 31, 2013 4:46 PM GMT
    NJDewd said


    GREAT advice and I didnt read his post before I did mine above. ALL salient points and very smart. Mad, I assume you got the job? I would hired you just based on your RJ resume icon_twisted.gif


    Yes, I did. I actually got three offers based on phone-first interviews. And thanks hot stuff and back atcha!
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    Jun 02, 2013 8:00 PM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    madsexy said
    NJDewd said


    GREAT advice and I didnt read his post before I did mine above. ALL salient points and very smart. Mad, I assume you got the job? I would hired you just based on your RJ resume icon_twisted.gif


    Yes, I did. I actually got three offers based on phone-first interviews. And thanks hot stuff and back atcha!

    Congratulations!


    Thanks. I love the job I have, one of those offers, the one I chose. The only drawback as being here in Providence as opposed to in a big city. Even that has not been a problem; I'm loving it here for the most part (and yes, I was here all winter! LOL I lived in Chicago before, so this is a piece of cake!).