Operator, Operator Part 2

By, 04/17/2014

As I mentioned in my previous post , a phone interview presents its own set of challenges for a job applicant. Here are some things to keep in mind.

Ramble Alert!

Unlike an in-person meeting, you won’t receive any physical cues (e.g. an affirmative head nod) that prompt you to wrap up your response. Don’t mistake a gap of silence after you finish as dissatisfaction with your answer—your interviewer may be taking notes, or waiting to confirm you’re finished speaking. If you start rambling, you cut into time reserved for other questions and risk watering down the answer you already gave. When you’re done, you’re done!

Um, So, Like…

We all have our own speech crutches. But during a solely verbal interaction like a phone interview, these, um, crutches or something, can be, like, so very distracting—and even more noticeable. If you catch these leaving your lips, take a deep breath and make an effort to keep them in check.

Knowing the Score 

The first phone interview is just the beginning of the whole process. The company is deciding if they want to learn more about you, either through further conversations or an in-person meeting. Topics like compensation are for later interviews—keep this one focused on learning more about the company and selling your positive attributes to them!