"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." - Darrell Royal
Question #92500 posted on 07/30/2019 7:30 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I think I'm pretty good at job interviews, but I don't consider myself very good at doing interviews on the phone. Unfortunately, the last several jobs I've applied for have had phone screen interviews, and I haven't gotten through those(I think, they haven't given me any information either way, but it's been probably too long now) and i was wondering if you guys had any good tips to become better at being myself on the phone with people I don't know.

-My Name Here

A:

Dear you,

Join the club. My only tips are try to be enthusiastic (but not overly so). I think it's good to answer their question and then take the liberty of "selling" yourself to them. Don't feel like you have to be confined to their specific questions.

Good luck!

-Sunday Night Banter

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Dear sir or maam,

I haven't done many job interviews over the phone, but I feel for you. For me, there are some things that help me feel more confident when talking over the phone, especially on an important call. Making a list of things beforehand of questions that I have or ideas helps a lot. When I was calling for apartments and when I want to get a message across and seem confident, I will write a short list of reminders, and that helps me concentrate and keeps me anchored in the conversation. It is hard for me to keep everything straight that I want to say, and it especially helps for leaving messages, which is probably one of the worst punishments that can be given to you.

When I am on a call, I also try to make hand gestures and walk around. This keeps me grounded in the conversation and helps me feel like I'm talking to an actual person instead of a machine that I am carrying in my hand. This confidence will also show when you're talking to them. On the phone, you can't show them your skill of proper posture and social cues, but you can show them your confidence by how you intonate your voice and by staying calm. 

Talking on the phone more will also help you have confidence. You can call your grandma or anyone else you've been meaning to call and practice fluidity with your speech and confidence in the things that you are explaining. You can try explaining something complicated in a simple way to practice thinking on your toes. Power poses can also help with confidence.

Best of luck,

Inklings

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Dear you,

My last semester, I spent a lot of time interviewing, with both in person and in phone and video interviews. Something that I found helped a lot was having a kind of set spiel. It got a lot easier to go through the phone interviews after I had been through several, because at that point I knew what to say and how to say it. 

Going through the interview process is terrible, but as you get more and more practice with it it will get better. And sometimes you'll even be pleasantly surprised. There was one interview late in the interviewing process with a company that I thought I completely blew. I now work for that company.

~Anathema

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Dear you,

I, too, am horrible at phone interviews. Before my last interview I was frantically googling tips for phone interviews and the main things I remember were to sit straight or stand, smile while talking, and have water on hand. I bombed the interview. So...maybe these tips will work better for you?

Still jobless,

guppy of doom