If you are actively job searching, a phone screen is probably coming your way in the near future. And of course you know that you have to impress the interviewer over the phone in order to go get to the next step of the process.
Here are some quick tips to ensure that you pass the phone screen with flying colors:
1) Review the job posting. Before the phone screen you need to go through the job posting with a fine tooth comb, highlighting the most important aspects of the job so that you can speak to the employer’s needs during the interview.
2) Anticipate the types of questions that you will probably be asked. Usually phone screens are conducted by HR, and because this is the case, the questions are mostly general. You will probably be asked more technical questions by the hiring manager. So it’s best to prepare for commonly asked questions during the phone interview.
3) Be prepared to address the issue of salary. Even though you as a job seeker don’t want to discuss salary prematurely (before an offer is made), it is very common for interviewers to screen potential candidates over the phone and find out if the two parties are in the same ballpark as far as salary is concerned. If the interviewer presses you for an answer about what salary you are looking for, give a salary range based on the research that you have done. That will still give you room to negotiate once you have made an offer. If you give a specific dollar amount, you then lock yourself in and don’t leave much room for negotiation.
Take advantage of www.salary.com and find salary surveys done by professional associations so that you know what the going rate is for your profession in the geographic location that you are interested in.
4) Prepare your environment. Job seekers should ensure that they have a quiet place for the phone interview with no interruptions. That means making sure that everyone in your household keeps all noise away from the place where you will be conducting your interview. You will come across as very unprofessional if the interviewer can hear the dog barking and the children screaming.
It’s also best to use a landline phone instead of a cell phone for your phone interview. You don’t want your call to drop while you are being interviewed. The other issue with cell phones is that reception can be poor in some areas. If you have to use a cell phone, try to find a spot where you will have the best reception.
5) Share examples of how you have used the skills that the employer is looking for. Stories make you memorable in the mind of the interviewer. So as you prepare for the upcoming phone screen, think of stories that you can share that illustrate what you have to offer to a potential employer. That way, when the interviewer asks you how your co-workers would describe you, you can share a real life example of you demonstrated the positive characteristics that your co-workers would use to describe you. If, for example, you know that they would describe you as a team player who is results-driven, make sure you have a story that supports that.
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