Phone Interview

Here are some guidelines for successful phone interviews:


•    In the event the interviewer misses you when calling to schedule the interview, be sure you have a professional-sounding outgoing greeting on your voicemail or answering machine. If you have others in your household, ensure that anyone who might answer the phone can professionally take a message.

•    Consider enlisting a friend or family member to conduct a mock phone interview with you for practice.

Do the job to get the job

If you want to have an edge over other candidates, it is helpful to look at the interview as your first day on the job. You should be able to demonstrate that you have the capability to profitably solve whatever problem your employer has.


Do your homework

1.       Check your voicemail message for how it sounds. Increase your chances of success while job hunting by making sure your voicemail message conveys a mature and professional personal image. Update it before you begin the job search and interview process to reflect what you would like a prospective employer to hear. Funny and silly voicemail messages prevent employers from taking you seriously.

5 Tips to Increasing Your Visibility/Value to Employers & Attracting More Interviews

Continue education.

One that should be easy, but with the hectic schedules some workers maintain, it's a surprise they find time for anything non-work or home-life related. Online universities are making it extremely easy to continue one's education...utilize these resources!

Take on added responsibilities.

As mentioned above, taking on added responsibilities can solidify your career goals, not to mention, increase your knowledge of your industry.

You can use the following “generic activities” to help identify the various skills and experience you have. Simply “cut and paste” the Generic activities that you feel you have, or are doing now, into your resume. Obviously, not all of these activities will apply to you; just “cut and paste” the ones that you feel are most relevant to your experience. It is also very helpful to rate the skills and abilities you feel you are best at, and enjoy doing.

My suggestion is to use the highlighter pen as follows:

Do you have a list of companies you would like to work for? If you do, use the internet to discover information about the company, review open positions, and find connections to help you apply for employment and get a job offer.

If you don't have a target list of companies - a short list of employers you would be thrilled to work for - it's a good idea to research company information and create a list of companies to target in your job search. All the information you need is available on the web, and it's easy to find detailed information about potential employers online.