Critically Thinking The Phone Interview

Any interview is a critical step in getting a job. Think logically, those who present themselves in the best light during these interviews are more likely to get a job. Today, critical thinking gets extended to how to ‘look good’ on the phone.

A phone interview is essential. Preparation is key.

The big question: how do you implement the critical thinking to win the phone interview and move on to the in-person or Zoom round?

  • When you have a phone interview, dress up. When you dress up nice, you impress yourself, and the good you feel is what interviewers will hear.
  • You want the interviewing room picked up and clean because that plays to how you feel and how your voice sounds.
  • No extraneous noises. No dogs barking or cats meowing. Put the pets in another room or outside.
  • No spouses or kids in the room.
  • Make sure no extraneous sound like the refrigerator opening or closing. No ding on the microwave.
  • Whatever you do, NO bathroom sounds. In more than one after-action report, the person had the job right up until the interviewers heard the toilet’s flush. It is rude, and the interviewers hung up.
  • Have a mirror in the room that you can look in and see your smile. Your interviewers hear the smile.

Remember, you can do this!

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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