15 November 2012

don't be screened out.

Whether you're looking for your first job or looking to advance in the professional workforce, you may be asked to schedule a phone interview.

With more people earning degrees, the competition becomes increasingly fierce. Also, as a result of advancing technology, we can practically learn about anything we desire! Basically, the chances of anyone getting an offer are slimming down as more smarties pop out. There's also the economy... but I won't go there.

On the other hand, it's just as tough, if not tougher, for companies to find these smarties! Again, better technology means more competition, which applies to companies too. As companies are faced with a million problems, they post job openings in hopes of finding someone who can solve these problems.

HMM? What's the fast and efficient way of sorting through all the candidates? Oh yeah, phone interviews. Interviews are stressful by nature, but there are ways to combat those sweaty palms. Prepare yourself by learning all about your future employer and their hiring practices. Be energetic because who wants to hire a Negative Nancy?

While I was preparing, I found an article on CNNMoney that had some useful tips. In "Don't wear pajamas for a phone interview," Annie Stevens suggests wearing business attire, eating a medicated cough drop beforehand, having a photo of the interviewer on your computer screen, and taking notes. Interesting, huh?! Check out the article for other tips like these!

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