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2010-09-21 15-45-40

I have a phone interview on Friday Any helpful suggestions? I'm scared I'm gong to blow it like I have in the past.
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2010-09-25 14-52-25

why are you scared? We need to know a little more in order to help you. You are most likely in your 20's, right? Do you have written down the questions that YOU will ask? What year was the Co. started, and what is their line of specialty? Who are their competitors? Why is the position open? Most likely the person doing the phone screening is a temporary contract outsourced recruiter and doesn't even work for the Co. So, treat it like it's a conversation over a cup of coffee. When you exude confidence and believe in your capabilities, there's no reason to get worked up over dialogues like these. Put it all in perspective. Your life isn't on the line. Yes, you want to get a job, we all do. Just do your best, stand up when you have that interview while talking on the phone, have an index card with a FEW questions. Take notes on what they ask you, then report back to us and let us know how it went.
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    2010-09-28 17-50-51

    Phone Interview Breath real heavy and use a sexy voice. Trust me I'm a CEO!
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    2010-10-02 4-31-02-

    Research the company and write down any questions that you have. I also like to go through my resume and try to anticipate the questions that the interviewer will ask and make sure you have an answer to any areas that you might be a concern. Make sure you are able to take the in a place that you won't be distracted (and keep a copy of your resume in front of you with notes). I also like to stand up... voice sounds better... oh, and have a glass of water.
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    2010-10-04 0-24-39-

    Good ones, and do some deep breathing beforehand and make yourself calm, yet alert. Standing is supposed to work, but if you feel more comfortable seated, do that. Sit up straight, smile, and listen very carefully to the questions posed. It's more important that you listen well than spitting out a rapid response. Be sure to answer all parts of a multi-part question, but don't be afraid to ask, "did I respond completely to your question?" if you need to. During Monday's live interview I was asked a three-part question and the whole interview was "situational". Depending on what you do for a career, yours could be like that, as well. These are the "what is your way of dealing with this type of situation" questions. Think of some good answers to likely questions and practice them ahead of time, aloud or at least mentally. As for questions to ask them, I like to ask about the management and communication style of the people I'd be working for. Other than questions about responsibilities in the job description you may not be clear about, that's the most important factor in whether you'll be a good fit with the company and manager(s) - or not. Best wishes!
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    2010-10-06 23-29-42

    I have a couple One, relax. If you're relaxed, your interviewer will be too. It shows confidence. Two, try to think of it as a nice conversation, but come prepared. Just like you've already been told, do a little research on the company and on the position. Three, come with some questions. Write them down and be prepared to write down their answers. Don't have any questions? Here are a few you might want to consider. 200 questions you can ask during an interview
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    2010-10-08 10-46-03

    Some of those questions are good but don't get bogged down in the list or ask TOO many of them. They'll consider you a PITA if you do.
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    2010-10-09 5-31-10-

    Thanks! In response to that very same question: That should be up to you < HR_Supah_Freak > 06/03 10:27:23 Every company and every interviewer for every position is going to be different. You'll have to decide on your own which questions to choose. I suggest narrowing it down to several you'll think would be best, write them down, and then decide which few you'll actually ask during the interview.
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    2010-12-11 14-43-49

    Imagine you are talking to a former employer Review the job description and create possible question and answers. Most phone interviews focus on your past experience, why you are out of work or looking for a new position. Have your answers ready, even if you need to write them down and in front of you during the interview. There is always the old standby, imagine the interviewer is in their underwear. Good Luck!!!
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    i dont get that whole underwear cliche. what is that supposed to lead to? you asking the interviewer, "why are you sitting there in your underwear?" or maybe to cause you to stare increduously at their crotch?
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    2011-01-09 8-52-35-

    What counts more than anything is your enthusiasm and willingness to learn. At least, tht is something you can do in the short term. You can't get a new college degree or 5 yrs experience overnight. Do some research about the company if you havent already, so you can show you have some interest. DONT say anything negative about ANYTHING. Always make positive statements. Why did you leave your last job? BAD: My boss was an idiot. GOOD: I was offered another opporunity I couldn't refuse. Why aren't you working now? BAD: No one will hire me. GOOD: I wanted a job where I know I can be of value. What is your worst bad habit? BAD: I fall asleep on the job a lot. GOOD: I keep thinking about what I could do better at work even when I'm home. What is your career goal? BAD: I want to make a lot of money fast so I can retire. GOOD: I want people to remember what a great job I've done.
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    2011-01-09 15-04-32

    Wear a diaper Just in case you lose your bowel control. They can't see you over the phone anyway.
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