Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Choosing A Phone Interview Time

Have you ever been asked to do a phone interview?  It's important to prepare for this type of job interview even if they don't happen all the time.  The concept sounds easy enough: Instead of having your every one of your body and facial expressions judged in a place you've never been before, you can be relaxed in the comfort of your own home.  How hard can it be?

There are many potential pitfalls that come with a telephone interview.  One of those issues is time.  When an employer first brings up the possibility of a phone interview, they will ask you the following question: "What time is good for you?"  The instinct for most job seekers would be to schedule it as soon as possible.  Some people would even agree to do it that same day.  There's nothing wrong with this if you are already prepared, but don't be afraid to ask for more time if you need it.

This can be easier said than done.  While some employers will be willing to give you the time you need to prepare, there are times when delaying the interview can cost you the job.  If you get this sense, ask if they can call you back in a few minutes so you have time to get all of your prep materials together.  Just make sure you are prepared as possible.

Do you have any experiences with phone interviews you'd like to share?  Feel free to post them in the comments section.

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