- 1. Too Much Background Noise
- 2. Did Not Research the Company
- 3. Poor telephone reception
- 4. Did not read the job description
- 5. Distractions
- 6. Not listening or allowing the interviewer to speak
- 7. Call waiting notifications
- 8. Not preparing for company or job specific questions
- 9. Lack of confidence or low energy
- 10. Throwing your current employer under a bus
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Let’s face it, applying for a job has never been easier. The Internet, smartphones, and cloud services have made it fairly simple and quick to apply to job postings “on the fly”. As a result, companies, and recruiters sometimes get hundreds of responses to a single job posting. Recruiters and corporate HR departments have several methods for scaling down responses to a manageable pile, but that is a topic for another post.
It is rare these days to get an “in-person”
You would be surprised how many people make simple but fatal mistakes during a telephone
1. Too Much Background Noise
Make sure you have a quiet area where you can take the telephone
If you can't successfully make it through a telephone interview, you have no chance of making it through an in-person interview.Tweet This
2. Did Not Research the Company
You need to have done your homework and researched the company that is interviewing you. You must know (at a minimum), what the company does, who their competitors are and why you want to work for them. To the extent possible (and LinkedIn is a great place to start), learn all you can about the interviewer(s) as well.
3. Poor telephone reception
Depending on circumstances, you may need to use your cell phone for your telephone
4. Did not read the job description
You are interviewing for a job that is a great fit for you. You should have read the job description and you should be familiar with it. The best part is that you can have the job description right in front of you for reference while you are interviewing, but you should not be reading it for the first time. Take notes and highlight potential questions prior to the
interviewis an opportunity to highlight your strengths and emphasize your fit for the position. However, you shouldn’t expect that the hiring manager will only ask easy questions about your past wins and proud moments. Come prepared to answer the tougher questions, like ones about your regrets, mistakes, and weaknesses.” – TopInterview.com
Your dog might be ready for a walk but you are in the middle of an
6. Not listening or allowing the interviewer to speak
It’s more difficult to get the ebb and flow of conversation in a telephone
7. Call waiting notifications
You might find this hard to believe, but there are people who get an incoming call and then ask their interviewer to “hold on”. Needless to say, it is doubtful they will make it to the next round. Turn off your call waiting, email notices, Facebook notices, and Twitter notices while you are on your call.
8. Not preparing for company or job specific questions
You may have read the job description and done your homework in terms of the company, but have you prepared both, answers to questions that might be asked and questions that you may have? Some interviewers will ask open-ended questions like – “Why do you want to work here?”, “What attracts you to XYZ company?”, “Why do you think you are a good fit for this position?”. Be prepared.
9. Lack of confidence or low energy
Keep focused and engaged during the
10. Throwing your current employer under a bus
Don’t speak badly about your current employer. The interviewer knows you have reasons for looking for new employment. Let your reasons be about career advancement and better opportunity. Regardless of any difficulties in your current job, it will not help your cause to complain about these issues during your
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