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Old 07-23-2013, 07:54 PM
 
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It's for a sales position in nyc. They want to do a 15 minute phone interview before deciding whether or not to do an in person interview. Any tips for an interviewing/professional job newbie ?
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:30 PM
 
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I recommend standing up during the phone interview, if possible. You'll sound more alert, enthusiastic, & energized. Also, make sure your surroundings are quiet.

I also like to print out a copy of my CV and some key words to remind me of any talking points I want to be sure to cover, in large font, & tape this to the wall. It's nice knowing its there for reference in case I get thrown a major curveball question & need help getting back into my groove.
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:33 AM
 
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Thanks for the help Wry_Martini. The interview has been pushed back to tomorrow so I have more time to prepare for this. And I'll be sure to take your advice.
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:22 AM
 
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Don't talk too much. If they ask something like "Tell me about yourself..." just mention education and work things, like "I earned my degree in ..." and "I worked at ABC where I specialized in lalsdkjlasd..."

No dumb jokes.

At the end of the interview it is OK to say "I am really interested in this job" or something like that.

Say thank you and get an email to send a thank you note to.
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:36 AM
 
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If you plan on doing more phone interviews, prepare a "script"....basically all they key talking points and practice them ahead of time. You can refer to the script as needed. I write it out so about 50-60% of what I want to discuss is on paper (you can't read it verbatim since that's gonna sound weird) and I improvise around those key points. I like the script so I stay focused and don't wander by accident.

Answer the phone "Hi this is...." when they call.
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:38 AM
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It's for a sales position in nyc. They want to do a 15 minute phone interview before deciding whether or not to do an in person interview. Any tips for an interviewing/professional job newbie ?


1. stand up and maintain upbeat demeanor over the phone

2. Let the interviewer do most of the talking

3. Show interest in the position

4. Put a positive spin on any thing you are asked

5. Ask 2 questions before the telephone conversation is over
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:24 AM
 
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Thanks for the help everyone. I used everyone's tips and I feel I did a pretty good job. The interviewer said I'd be contacted within 1 to 3 days if they wanted to proceed with an on-site interview. He also said he felt I did well.
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:55 AM
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Thanks for the help everyone. I used everyone's tips and I feel I did a pretty good job. The interviewer said I'd be contacted within 1 to 3 days if they wanted to proceed with an on-site interview. He also said he felt I did well.


That sounds like a good sign that u will be contacted between 1 and 3 days so I would look for a response by wed of next week
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:58 AM
 
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^Pretty good tips. My only problem with some of the phone interviews that I've had is that they have given me situational questions and some of them are situations I have never encountered. So after trying to pay attention to their five minute situational question, I have to come up with some fake answer.
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Old 07-25-2013, 10:19 AM
 
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I recommend standing up during the phone interview, if possible. You'll sound more alert, enthusiastic, & energized. Also, make sure your surroundings are quiet.

I also like to print out a copy of my CV and some key words to remind me of any talking points I want to be sure to cover, in large font, & tape this to the wall. It's nice knowing its there for reference in case I get thrown a major curveball question & need help getting back into my groove.
Ok, probably dumb question but what is a CV? I've seen that term used another time on the forum and it seems to stand for resume but not sure???

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