The phone interview can be difficult for some, especially for those who don't know how integral it is to express their confidence through their vocabulary and the inflection they use. Those trying to find work with larger corporations and more professional organizations - especially those that operate at a national or international level -will likely be faced with a phone interview. This interview is uniquely different than a video call interview due to the inability of the interviewer to see your face. You will be dealing with a person that spends a significant of their work hours conducting phone interviews and making decisions based solely on the sound of a person's voice. Throughout the course of the day this person may be talking to many candidates, some of which naturally express confidence and integrity at a level that took you some time to attain! These are the people you must stand out from!
The very idea of a phone interview can shake your confidence; you are losing the advantage of being able to physically express your intent to succeed in their presence. Let that shake you, let that scare you, let that give you the desire to be the most confident sounding person you can on the other end of that line! You have this in the bag, especially if you follow this advice:
Take it seriously. While entirely possible, a phone interview should not be conducted in your underwear on the couch. Make sure you set aside time for the interview, and definitely make sure you are in a quiet room without distractions. The only thing you should be concerned with is the attention of the person on the other end of the line. You should not be concerned with impressing them with your intelligence, you should not be concerned with relating with them on a personal level, you should be concerned that you express your desire to succeed. Salvador Dali said, "Intelligence without ambition, is like a bird without wings."
Remember to give your interviewer space. This is a phone interview. It is harder to gauge when the person on the other line will speak and when it is your turn. It is very important that in expressing your confidence you do not forget to express your willingness to listen! The last thing you want is a representative of this company to think that you have a personality that is too headstrong to benefit the team you would be working with. Robert Greene wrote, "The more you speak, the more there is a chance of you saying something foolish."
Be comfortable. Depending on the position you are applying for, don't be afraid to be outgoing and friendly! It is important to remember that your personal thoughts on any of the personal experiences you may be relating to the representative will affect the tone of your voice while doing so. What does that mean? Be proud of yourself. When you speak of your achievements speak of them surely. Remember all the tough times that led to where you are now and be grateful to have those experiences. Robert H Schuller said, "Tough times dont last, but tough people do."
Don't hide your passion. However, it is important to make sure the passion you express does not impede your ability to produce. You aren't passionate about this job or industry ? I bet you're passionate about providing, for yourself and the people you love. You're passionate about building yourself and those very same people a happy and successful life. Those who have worked countless hours in their lives know that passion - in any form - makes difficult work infinitely less difficult. Donald Trump said, "Without passion you don't have energy, and without energy, you have nothing."
As will be my repeatedly recurring motif in my writing, Believe in yourself and you will succeed. Take pride in the things you speak of and it will show; if you truly believe in your abilities, it will be easy to convince anyone that you're the one for the job. Don't treat this as just a phone interview, or just another phone interview! This is another chance for you to perfect your ability - in person or not - to show the world that you are a champion!
Written by Andrew Fairley
Reviewed by Molly and Sylvester Gittens
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