Keep Notes in Front of You During Telephone Interviews

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It’s a simple thing, but some people don’t think of it: Before you begin a telephone interview, put all of your research materials and notes in front of you.

Have a hard copy of your resume handy, and notes of any vignettes you might use to demonstrate your experience. Have them in large type, so you can refer to them easily. If you’re interviewing with more than one person and you don’t know their names in advance, write them down as they are given to you and make a note to help you recognize each voice. For example, Mr. Jones has a high pitched voice, or sounds like your Uncle Bill.

Be sure you’ve studied the job description and the company’s website. By doing so, you can anticipate some of the questions you’ll be asked, and you’ll be able to easily draw upon stories and examples from your past to make your points.

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