Are you currently unemployed and taking every opportunity possible to find a job? If you are, then you will need to learn how to make a good impression from start to finish. Good impressions don’t necessarily start when you walk through the door. A lot of the times a good impression starts when you first receive the phone call that they are interested in hiring you. For many work at home jobs, your interview may even be over the telephone. It is very important that the first impression given over the telephone is a good one.
The first tip is to practice your telephone interview. You may feel silly sitting on the telephone and talking to yourself, but it really is a good way to practice. You may not think that you will be nervous over the telephone, but you will be surprised. I have spoken to many people who say they suddenly feel very nervous and they begin to lose focus. Practicing will help you to be able to conquer this problem, and make you better prepared for that telephone interview.
To get started you will first need to write down a few questions. Try to put yourself in the interviewers position. Write down questions that you think they would actually ask you. I would recommend coming up with at least ten questions. Some telephone interviews are short and some are long. Try practicing for both. Once you have the questions all written down, you can practice giving the answers on the phone. In my experience I have found it beneficial to have a friend be on the other end. You can give your friend the list of questions you have come up with or have them make up their own. They can then interview you over the phone. This will help you to work on relaxing while being interviewed.
When you actually start your telephone interview there are some relaxation techniques that may prove to be helpful. You can try these during your practice session Start by taking a deep breath before you answer the phone.
Next be sure to be polite when answering, asking who is calling, and giving a friendly but business like greeting. For example you don’t want to answer the phone and sound like you are talking to an old buddy you have known for years. This is a professional phone call, and you should sound professional. You can start by simply saying that you appreciate them taking the time to interview you, after saying good morning or good afternoon of course. The next part is very easy, you just listen. Listen very carefully to the questions that they are asking you. Be sure that you are in a quiet place in your home so that you are not distracted by anything. You will also want the interviewer not to be able to hear any type of background noise. For example you don’t want to have the television on in the background during an interview. As the interviewer is asking the questions be sure to answer in a confident voice and don’t take too long to answer. Your responses should be immediate. If you pause in between questions it may seem like you are trying to make something up.
At the end of the interview you will want to take the time to thank them again for their time. One final tip is to not worry too much about the questions they are going to ask you. Just be yourself and answer the questions honestly and to the best of your ability. Try to sound confident in your answer. By trying some of these techniques your phone interview will run smoothly. Of course you are not guaranteed to get the job, but it will definitely give you an edge over the competition.