Secret… I like cheese balls (ps did you know they are gluten free?).
Secret… I want to own Hip Hop Dance Revolution. You can learn the actual moves to hip hop songs like 1, 2 Step. HOLY MOSES my dream.
Secret… I don’t wash my running clothes every day (don’t worry I let them air dry, gross I know).
Secret… talking to some friends is like therapy.
Secret… I got a phone interview for a job, round one baby!
Oh, did you catch that? I wasn’t sure if I wanted to share my big news but that job I applied for contacted me on Monday asking for an interview. Granted this job isn’t until June when my current contract is up but holy moly would it be nice to feel secure. Knock on wood my phone interview at 10 am goes well. I would appreciate some pretty killer vibes my way this morning. ( I also worry that saying all this and not getting it could be pretty depressing but I am just going to keep rolling with it…) Side note, my current job does not really know I am even searching, I think they assume I will be doing another year with them so that’s another hush hush of this situation.
I have a lot of prep work to do for the interview so instead I thought I would create a ‘how to nail a phone interview’. (Disclosure: I am no pro, I actually prefer interviews in person BUT first rounds most always include a phone interview)
- Be prepared. Plain and simple. You should know your stuff. If you are not seeing them in person take advantage of that by using a notebook to keep notes straight while you talk. You should know about the company, its beliefs, its missions. Also, you should know about the role you are applying for. In this case, having too much prepared is always better.
- Don’t be afraid of silence. This is necessary for phone interviews because babbling on for ages because you fear that awkward silence can sometimes work against you. Without being able to read their expression people have the tendency to babble on. Get to the point and stop. They will appreciate it.
- Don’t be distracted. Hiding behind a phone can be good for some but make sure there is nothing around you to let your mind wander. You need to be even more on your game when they are not sitting in front of you.
- Have some non-negotiables. For everyone and every position this will be different but based off of what you are interviewing for, make sure you have your list of what you definitely want them to hear. Maybe it is a past job or leadership position that really speaks to their mission or maybe it is something about their company that drew you in.
- Network. I reached out immediately when I heard I got this interview. Not only was I able to speak to a current employee to get tips but my mentor also got in touch with someone who knew the person who was going to be interviewing me aka putting a good word in. Don’t be afraid to ask for this help, networking can be so beneficial when you are applying to a larger company.
- Make them remember you. Most jobs you will not be the only one up for the position. Most likely not even close. That means this, if anytime, is when you sell yourself. Capitalize off of those unique experiences you have had or opportunities you took advantage of. No time to be modest in this game.
… shhh I’m prepping! Let’s hope I don’t….
Questions: What is your best interview tip? What makes you nervous about interviews?