Saturday 9 February 2013

Feedback after telephone interview

Remember to focus, listen and enunciate clearly when you’re talking. Born and bred in Bristol and with a strong Bristolian accent, something I have to work on continually and though someone ‘may’ get the wrong impression of who / what you are if they are stupid enough to take accent only as a means of assessing ‘fit’ (for the role), It's important to focus on the interview and that can be harder on the phone than in-person.

Be sure to listen to the questions, ask for clarification if you're not sure what the interviewer is asking, and speak slowly, carefully, and clearly when you respond. It's fine to take a few seconds to compose your thoughts before you answer.

Though you don't have to get dressed in your best interview attire, travel to a company's office, or interview one-on-one with a hiring manager – if you're interviewing on the phone from the comfort of home, make sure you’re stood up and not slouched in your favourite comfy chair. The spoken word is often cleaner, crisper and clearer if you’re standing as opposed to being sat down.

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