- Have I researched the company?
- Are my notes available when the phone rings?
- Have I thought about what they might ask in a phone interview?
- Do I know why they should hire me?
- Do I have stories of success I can share?
“You only get one chance to make a first impression.” Still, I hear candidates say their phone rang before they had a chance to learn more about the job. Instead of hearing “you’re hired”, they get ”we are interviewing many people for this position, we’ll call you.”
If this job is the one, take the time to do your homework. Then have a system for keeping your notes about each company.
A winning résumé demonstrates to the reader why you should be hired. When the phone rings, be ready to build on the résumé with stories of success. Practicing those stories in front of a mirror or with someone will make you more comfortable.
Taking the time to prepare before sending your résumé will build your confidence. Confidence during the phone interview leads to an in-person interview which leads to those magical words “you’re hired”.