The phone interview is a tool that many employers are now using to filter out the least qualified employees when looking to fill their open positions. It's probable during your tenure as a job seeker that you'll have to participate in at least one interview over the telephone. When you are applying for jobs in Fargo, here are some tips you should remember if you interview over the phone, courtesy of Andrew G. Rosen at U.S. News.
1. Have your resume and some notes with you. Having a copy of your resume in front of you during a phone interview allows you to reference it during the interview (and whoever youre talking to will be looking at it too). Having some notes will also remind you of questions you want to ask or certain matters you want to talk about. Rosen recommends having physical copies of these things if you dont have internet access.
2. Make the call at home. Making the call from your own home puts you in a relatively controlled environment with fewer distractions, which is the ideal place for a phone interview.
3. Be prepared. According to Rosen, it is best to be ready (with all of your materials) at least five minutes before the call comes in. He also says that interviewers may call early to test candidates.
4. Be mindful of your body language. Despite the fact that you arent physically in the room with your interviewer, body language is still a factor in the phone interview. Rosen suggests finding a middle ground with your body; dont move around too much and dont stay too still.
By Kyle Wise
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