Friday, October 23, 2009

How College Grads Can Thrive in Phone Interviews

Suggest an in-person interview. The whole point of the phone interview was to score a traditional job interview, so if the interviewer doesn’t mention what will happen next, you should bring it up. For example, you can say, “Thank you very much for taking the time to call me. I’d like to have the opportunity to meet in person. When will you be scheduling the next round of interviews?”

Reiterate your interest in the position. You want to leave the interviewer with the impression that you are enthusiastic about the job. Let him or her know how excited you are about the prospect of working with the company.

Send a thank-you note. Just as with a traditional job interview, you should follow up with a polite thank-you note. You can also use the thank-you note to reiterate your interest in scheduling an in-person interview. Just be sure to send the thank-you note out promptly, as the interviewer may soon be making final decisions about who to call back!

Many people find a phone interview more nerve-wracking than a traditional job interview. This doesn’t have to be the case, however. While some phone interviews happen with little or no warning, in most cases you have just as much time to prepare as you would ordinarily, with the added benefit of being able to use your notes during the interview.

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