Phone Interview Tips

phone interview tipsPhone interviews might be somewhat unusual and rare but they do happen, and when they do you should be ready for them.
Having a phone interview might actually be a lot less stressing than a regular one because some people are very shy in person and that doesn’t show as much through the phone, as we’ve talked about in the previous step.
If that’s your case and you landed yourself a phone interview, count your lucky stars!
Today, though, we’re here to present you with the best phone interview tips to make that experience all the easier. Let’s begin!

Top 5 Phone Interview Tips


  • Keep your résumé at hand so you can quickly check any information you might need to confirm for the person interviewing you.

  • Have a short list of your past awards and accomplishments to really bring out your inner strengths and give yourself a positive note.

  • Keep a pen and paper close to you, ready to write down anything you might need for later.

  • Change the profile of your phone so you’re not interrupted by any notifications or other incoming calls.

  • Stay away from distractions. Any distractions are a definitive no-no. No pets, kids, TV, games or even your browser should be open unless you really need to use it. Stay away from noisy places and be focused.

And that’s all there is to it, we promise!
Don’t worry, you’re not about to face some impossible beast, it’s only an interview. Without noticing you’ll really get into it and do wonderfully, be it by phone or face to face.

Thank you for reading our phone interview tips!
If you’ve skipped our guide and came straight here,  make sure to read our previous article about the most commonly asked questions at a phone interview!
If you’ve just finished reading the whole guide, after you ace the interview there is something incredibly powerful that you can do to make you standout from the rest and land you the job! We’re talking about the interview follow up email, which is in our opinion the strongest way to tip the scale in your favor.
Be sure to give it a look, you won’t be disappointed!

Phone Interview Questions

phone interview questionsThis is where it all matters. It’s like getting ready for a test, you know? And like a test we don’t know what kind of questions we’re going to get asked. Thankfully, since phone interview questions are often simple and straightforward we’ll do our best to provide you with a helpful cheat sheet for you to use when the time comes!
Remember to study your butt off and research your company beforehand, it will give you the upper hand on the competition and impress the interviewer.
Today we’re here to bring you the most common phone interview questions so you can ace this! Let’s begin!

Phone Interview Questions: The Most Commonly Asked


  • Tell me about yourself.

    The classic. This is your initial chance to present yourself quickly and directly so be ready!


  • How has your education prepared you for your career?

    We all studied something to get to where we want to be, and this is your opportunity to explain why.


  • Have you ever had a conflict with a boss or professor? How did you resolve it?

    This is a sort of trap question. They want to not only gauge your conflict-resolving skills but also your temperament.


  • What is your greatest strength?

    Another trap but we got a tip: aim for the strengths related for the job.


  • What is your biggest weakness?

    Shortcomings are never easy to talk about but don’t try and avoid the question as that might give off the wrong impression. Always answer truthfully.


  • What questions do you have for me?

    This WILL be asked. No doubt about it. Inquire about anything you want as long as you know your boundaries.


Now that you know the most common phone interview questions and how to create and deliver your answer, you’re nearly ready to ace this part of the interview process and get the job you want!

There’s only one more step before you become a master at this, head on over to our phone interview tips and we’ll make sure you pass the interview with flying colors.


Leave a comment down below if you have some feedback for us and thanks for reading!

How To Write A Follow Up Email After No Response

how to write a follow up email after no responseNo response, I see. Make sure you read our guide on how to write the perfect follow up email, we promise that if you do this won’t happen again!
Well, you wouldn’t be here for any other reason but don’t you fret because we’re here to show you how to write a follow up email after no response from the place you’re looking to work at.
You may think you’re nagging whoever reads these, but actually it’s a great way to show you’re persistent and you want to persevere.
So, without further ado, let’s begin.

How To Write A Follow Up Email After No Response

Now, a major aspect you should always be aware of is to not let your personal feelings show through your words.
You may be feeling hurt or rejected but, trust us, it’s not a good idea to show aggressiveness or even passive-aggressiveness in your e-mail, you’ll only end up hurting your chances.
It’s possible your first e-mail only slipped through the cracks as a lot of them do and among all that work, the person responsible simply didn’t notice.
Who’s to say, really? Either way, always keep a polite and friendly tone so as not to have them brush you off to the side.

With that said, here’s a very simple sample you can utilize as a guideline.
Feel free to copy it and make your own personal adjustments:


Dear Mr./Mrs. First and Last Names

Some time ago I contacted you making an introduction and desire to work with you in response to your advertisement. Perhaps my intentions weren’t transparent as I received not heard back from you. Please find attached to this e-mail my résumé and contact information for your perusal. I would be very pleased to receive confirmation regarding a possible interview when you’ve had the time to verify my documents. Once again, thank you for your attention.

Regards,

Your First and Last Names


Very simple, right? That’s how to write a follow up email after no response in a perfect way.
You were forward without being over-bearing and you made a good impression. That’s all there is to it really, don’t overthink it or overwrite it, always keep it short and sweet as we like to say.

We highly recommend you to read our guide on how to write email starters and endings, after all, you’re going to need to know these skills when you get the job!

If you have any other questions about how to write a follow up email after no response or any other subject, feel free to leave them in the comments below or send us an email, good luck!

What Color To Wear To An Interview

what color to wear to an interviewThe big interview is coming up and you’re ready. You’ve already read our guide on how to ace the most common interview questions and answers and you’re already thinking about what you’re going to say in your interview follow up email. There’s only one question on your mind right now, what color to wear to an interview.

You’ve come to the right place as this is exactly what we’re going to address today in a quick and easy way.

Before we get started, if you haven’t already, check out our previous step on this guide, Clothes To Wear To An Interview.

It will give you a better understanding of the whole concept, not only of the colors but of the clothes themselves.

WHAT COLOR TO WEAR TO AN INTERVIEW

The color you choose to wear to an interview will say a lot about you, even without noticing we apply meaning and moods to different shades and colors – use this to your advantage.
Now, before starting, remember that you always want to keep it professional and clean, as we like to repeat, no matter what your style choice is.
Make sure your outfit is looking sharp and flawless before leaving your home as this will not only make you look good but you will also feel good which is very important for your self confidence – the interviewer will notice. To make it easy for you to choose what color to wear to an interview we made a list of the common choices and what personality traits they radiate.

We now present you the meaning of the following colors:


Yellow: Optimist, Warmth and Clarity.

Orange: Friendly, Confident and Cheerful.

Red: Exciting, Youthful and Bold.

Purple: Creative, Imaginative and Wise.

Blue: Trustworthy, Dependable and Strong.

Green: Peaceful and Healthy.

Black: Classic, Powerful and Formal.

White: Clean, Simple and Truthful.

Gray: Authority, Stable and Practical.


Now you know how people perceive the colors you wear and can make the decision on what color to wear to an interview. Our personal opinion is that the simple neutral colors – black, white and gray, never fail. You can mix and match these as you like, without overdoing it on the quantity of course.
A good rule to follow is 2 neutrals and then 1 strong defining color, like red or blue, it makes it pop.

It has been a pleasure, as always, to answer your questions and give you a helping hand.

Thank you!

Questions To Ask In An Interview

questions to ask in an interviewAfter submitting your cover letter and resume, if you followed our guide, you’ll surely be called in to come for a personal interview.
Blow the competition out of the water by knowing the right questions to ask in an interview.

This is your opportunity to backup every quality and value you wrote about yourself before, you should be calm and confident, wearing appropriate clothing – clean and good looking and showing no signs of being nervous. This means no fidgeting or rapid movement, keep a subtle smile on your face and show genuine interest and excitement. Don’t forget to look the interviewer in the eyes.
Follow this and you will ace it.

The actual interview itself will differ greatly from company to company and person to person but there are a few good practices and strategies that you can apply anywhere to make sure you positively surprise the interviewer and land the job. The best one is knowing which:

Questions to ask in an interview

Not only does having questions to ask in an interview show that you are genuinely interested but it gives the impression that you read about the company (something you really should do) and are now curious about knowing more.
It means that you want to be the best you can at your job, knowing the absolute best ways in which you could help – this is extremely valuable to the company and will greatly impress the interviewer.

It is also a sign that you are comfortable and confident enough to actually ask them a few questions yourself, something that most people can’t bring themselves to do.

We’ve gathered every good question you could possibly ask and rounded them up to:


THE VERY BEST QUESTIONS TO ASK IN AN INTERVIEW


  • What is, in your opinion, the single biggest issue or need that your company has at the moment and how could I help you fix it?


    This question lets you know exactly what your employer needs from you.
    It shows a great deal of interest and dedication from your part.


  • What encompasses being truly successful in this position?


    Let the interviewer do the work for you – they will tell you absolutely everything you have to do to in order to:
    Be the very best at your job, it will help you immensely.


  • Is training and an on going learning experience offered to your employees?


    Simple and effective, it lets the interviewer know that you have an interest in constantly improving yourself to bring more and more value to the company. Excellent question.


  • How is the team that I’m going to be working with like?



    One of our favorites.
    It forces your employer to envision you in the team in a very subtle way, as if you already got the job.
    It shows that you have guts and are confident about landing the position.
    Do remember to use this one.
     


  • How would you define this company’s ideals and culture?



    A segway from the previous one.
    It adds more depth to your interest and by asking this your interviewer will paint you as a:
    Teamplayer, something that every company values greatly.


    What is the most impressive thing I can achieve in the first couple of months?



    Another favorite.
    So direct and impactful that it will blow your interviewer away.
    It further develops the picture of you already being hired and it clearly shows how eager to help you are. They will put the cards on the table and let you know what they really WANT from you and not only what they expect.


  • Do you have any concerns about how fit I am for the position?



    A great closer, reinforces how sure and comfortable you are on your abilities, comfortable enough to directly ask them if they have any doubts – that you can clearly dissolve.
    It gives you a last chance to demystify the final questions they have that might be holding them back from hiring you. Bring down this wall and get the job.


And there you have it, the best possible questions to ask in an interview.
We’re glad we could help out everyone reading and as always, we’re sure you’re going to knock the interview out of the park!

Make sure to check out our most popular guide, it’s all about how to write the perfect follow up email.
Good luck!