By: Katie Kershman
I thought for this week’s post we would follow in line with last week’s topic on the job search after college. As a graduating senior, the search for a job is at the forefront of my mind (as I suspect it is for most seniors). Some of you may be lucky enough to have a job lined up at this point, but that’s certainly not the case for most of us.
I don’t know about you, but I have had a couple interviews for jobs out of state. As such, my interviews were conducted over the phone. These interviews have a whole different feel to them. For one of my interviews, I was snuggled up in my bed, wearing my pjs, and playing with a Rubik’s cube to keep myself calm. Over the few telephone interviews I’ve been on, I developed a few strategies to be successful.
- Don’t feel like you have to fill dead air – That is, if you’ve finished the question, and the interviewer hasn’t asked another one, don’t feel like you have to keep talking.
- Don’t be afraid to ask them to repeat the question – In many cases I had difficulty hearing exactly what the question was. It’s better to ask them to repeat the question then try to answer a question you’re not sure they actually asked.
- They can’t see you – So don’t be afraid to do something you wouldn’t do in a face- to-face interview. I fidget when I’m nervous, hence the Rubik’s cube. It kept me calm so I could answer the questions intelligently.
- Smile – Even though the interviewer can’t see you, they can hear the inflection in your voice. Smiling will help keep this positive.
- Drink water – Phone interviews can be very long, don’t be afraid to take a drink while the interviewer asks the next question. It will help you enunciate clearly since it can be difficult to hear clearly over the phone.
The College of Business does a great job preparing us for face–to-face interviews. On the off chance you do have to have a phone interview, I hope this helps! Have a great spring break and let us know below if you have any other tips!
For more interview tips, check out our post on interview attire looking your best.