Can’t talk under pressure? Get tongue-tied when you have to talk about yourself?
A phone interview is often the first step toward meeting a hiring manager in person. Because you don’t want to give the employer any reason to eliminate you as a prospective employee, the call shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Consequently, because of its importance, for some job-seekers, a phone screening can be the most daunting aspect of the interview. Being prepared will allay that stress.
Here are seven tips that will guide you through the telephone interview process.
Make the call at home, preferably using a landline. This has several benefits. You are in a comfortable environment with fewer distractions and can have all the information and tools you need for the interview at hand. Further, a landline reduces the possibility for disconnections and allows your voice to sound its best but turn off features like call-waiting so you are not interrupted.
Have a copy of your resume in front of you and a list of points you wish to discuss, such as your accomplishments. Keep a pen and paper handy to take notes.
Place a glass of water to keep nearby in case you need a drink to keep your speaking voice smooth. Don’t chew gum or eat during the interview, and plan to keep pets or other noise factors away during that time.
Access the company’s Web site, quietly in case you need to look up or review information.
Don’t rush. It’s a bad idea to try to fit in a phone interview over a lunch break. The stress will convey in your voice and create a bad impression as well as additional stress and potential for miscommunications. A typical phone screening lasts about 30 minutes.
Answer the phone using your name as you sit up straight and smile. You will sound professional and pleasant: two points in your favor right away. Keep your voice enthusiastic and enunciate. Answer briefly and to the point. Be ready early. Not everyone will call early, but if someone does, you will be prepared.
Thank the interviewer when done, and ask if it will be possible to meet in person. Follow-up with a thank you note that reiterates your interest in the position.
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During a presidential election year, talk about the economy and blame for the condition of the job market bounces like a ping pong ball from one candidate to the other depending on who is serving the point. Unless you have an obsession to dig into a bevy of political and economic underpinnings, it’s easy to get caught up in ball of confusing rhetoric.
Aside from how the federal government moves money around, remember that our country is made up of states that self-govern—and that’s a good thing. Therefore, we don’t have a mechanism for evaluating federal policies directed toward specific states. For example, despite stimulus monies, there’s no “Ohio unemployment rescue package” that can be imposed by Congress. And there appears to be no federal “commitment” to get the country back to work unless one chooses to be an entrepreneur.
Despite the mud-slinging commercials on television, what might the coming elections mean to your job, or more important, your bottom line?
Two points to consider
One, examine the unemployment rate in your state comparative to other states. How quickly is your state recovering in jobs? Are people migrating out to where job prospects may seem brighter? Is the local housing market rebounding? Are aspects of recovery due to bounce-back of industry apart from the influence of any political candidate?
Two, question what position either candidate holds on taxes. Statements about jobs and taxes tend to be vague. Is it likely that any decision made by a candidate will have a positive outcome for the middle class worker?
So how does one prepare?
Unless you have a crystal ball, keep your eyes focused forward. As a job-seeker, It would be wise to register with a staffing firm that can assist by getting you in front of companies with open positions.
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Have you been looking for a job for a while? Have you been using all the right strategies, keeping a positive attitude and still haven’t achieved results?
It may be time to consider temporary work.
True, temporary work has some disadvantages: the primary one is that it is not a guarantee of lasting employment. But then, what guarantees are there in the recent economy? Also true, temporary work usually offers no benefit package. So, you need to consider your financial requirements prior to accepting a temporary position.
More than one-third of US companies are operating with smaller staffs than before the recession. While that means there may be fewer jobs available, it also means that temporary workers are needed to fill in gaps and keep a business going.
A temporary job can:
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