five tips for doing well in a phone

1. Attend to your surroundings:-
If you have an interview scheduled,
take precautions beforehand to get in a
good spot physically. Don’t take the
interview when you are at your desk
and can’t talk freely. Don’t take the
call when there is too much noise in
the background. And don’t walk from
one place to another because the
breathlessness that comes from
walking and talking at the same time
subconsciously conveys lack of
authority to someone who doesn’t
know you. If you did not schedule it
beforehand, feel free to ask the
interviewer if you can call back at a
better time. You will not sound
disinterested, but rather, you will
sound concerned for managing your
life by organizing your commitments.

2. Dress for the part:-
Consider getting dressed up for your
interview, even though no one will see
you. The emails you write to a hiring
manager are different than your emails
to your friends. You can’t talk to an
interviewer the same way you talk
with your friends. You know this, but
the shift is difficult without practice. And if you are not practiced at talking about business on the phone, it’s hard to get into business mode for the call. A way to compensate for this is to dress for an
interview even though the interviewer
can’t see you. In the 90s when people
debated the virtues of dumping suits at the workplace in favor of business casual, there was a fair amount of research to show that people took their work more seriously when they were in a suit. That makes sense. Girls act more like a princess when they’re in a prom dress than when they’re in running shorts, and
the same happens with people in work
clothes. I’m not saying you should wear a suit all the time. I’m saying that when there’s a risk of sounding too casual or unprofessional on the phone, dressing up a little can actually change how you sound.

3. Stand up:-
No kidding. You’ll sound more self
confident and dynamic if you stand
while you speak than if you sit. Walking around a bit, but not too much, also keeps the call going smoothly. If your body is confined, your speech sounds different than if you have run of the room. It’s one reason that the best speakers walk around
instead of standing in one place at the
podium. Using hand gestures is very
natural for talking, so allow yourself to
use them, even though you’re on the phone. You don’t have tonforce it. They will just come, as long as your hands are free. And you want to sound natural on the phone because authentic is more likeable. So walking around a room with a headset will
actually give you the freedom to be more yourself on the call.

4. Prepare for the most obvious questions:
A resume is to get someone to pay attention to you. An in-person interview is to see if people like you. Somewhere in between those two events, people need to make sure you are qualified and you don’t have any huge red flags. So in a phone interview you can expect people to focus on those two concerns. You will probably get questions asking you to show that you actually have the skills to accomplish the goals for the open position. Be prepared to give organized, rehearsed examples of how you have performed at work in the past in order to show your skill set. Also, be ready for a question about the most obvious problem on your resume—often
frequent job changes or big gaps in work. These are answers you should practice. Even if your answer isn’t great, a good
delivery can make the difference
between getting through a phone
screen or not.

5. Don’t forget to close:-
An interview is about selling yourself,
and the best salespeople are closers.
Your goal for a phone interview is to
get an in-person interview. So don’t
get off the phone until you have made
some efforts to get to that step. Ask what the process is for deciding who to
interview face-to face. Ask for decision-making timelines, and try to find out who is making the decisions. Don’t barrage the interviewer with questions in this regard, but the more information you have, the more able you will be to get yourself to the next step. And don’t forget a key component of a successful close—even for a phone interview–is a thank you note to followup. Finally, after you get done with a phone interview, send out a few more resumes, or go fill out a few more job applications. Hopefully, you won’t need to keep hunting because the phone interview will clinch the job. But it will make you crazy to just sit and wait for the interviewer to take action. If you keep job hunting you are taking action yourself which will make you feel more in control over your situation.

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