Friday, August 16, 2013

Don't Make These 10 Mistakes in Your Next Phone Interview

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Have a phone interview coming up and wondering how to excel in it so that you get offered an in-person interview? Here are 10 common mistakes to avoid.

1. Thinking it's not a real interview. Some job seekers treat phone interviews as if they're a casual get-to-know-you chat. They rarely are. Phone interviews are what employers use to preliminarily narrow down their pool of candidates and decide who will move forward in the process. If you want to get the chance to talk to this employer again, you need to excel. Speaking of which …

2. Not preparing. Just like with an in-person interview, you should study the job description, research the company, and practice your answers to likely questions. Yes, some interviews are short screens, but some ask in-depth questions about your experience, even getting into trickier behavioral interview questions. Don't wing it.

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