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Job interview...ish
« on: July 13, 2011, 01:49:13 pm »
So I've been out of work since September, partly to focus on school and getting some health issues sorted out and partly due to not having a job anymore (third layoff since '08). Anyway, I'm in limbo regarding a TSO position at Seatac (I've done my part now I'm waiting on the feds, and waiting, and waiting). I got a call today about a position that is going to run from late September to late December as a call center sales rep person - not pushing product but answering questions for online and catalogue customers etc, they want to do a phone interview tomorrow.

So, any good vibes prayers etc would be very much appreciated but in addition I'm curious as to whether anyone has done a phone interview for a position like this before? I've done very brief get-to-know-you interviews over the phone in the past but would really appreciate any insight.

Thanks :D

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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2011, 02:02:23 pm »
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So I've been out of work since September, partly to focus on school and getting some health issues sorted out and partly due to not having a job anymore (third layoff since '08). Anyway, I'm in limbo regarding a TSO position at Seatac (I've done my part now I'm waiting on the feds, and waiting, and waiting). I got a call today about a position that is going to run from late September to late December as a call center sales rep person - not pushing product but answering questions for online and catalogue customers etc, they want to do a phone interview tomorrow.

So, any good vibes prayers etc would be very much appreciated but in addition I'm curious as to whether anyone has done a phone interview for a position like this before? I've done very brief get-to-know-you interviews over the phone in the past but would really appreciate any insight.

Thanks :D

 
Ill light some candles and send some vibes for you. They do phone interviews to get a feel of your phone etiquette and voice. They want to see how you handle phone conversations. Its really easy and way more comfortable than face to face so you can be more you. Then when you go in for a face to face, youve already talked to that person for a while and your less nervous. Good luck!

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Re: Job interview...ish
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2011, 05:19:13 pm »
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Ill light some candles and send some vibes for you. They do phone interviews to get a feel of your phone etiquette and voice. They want to see how you handle phone conversations. Its really easy and way more comfortable than face to face so you can be more you. Then when you go in for a face to face, youve already talked to that person for a while and your less nervous. Good luck!

 
What Sadistica said!  Candles lit and prayers being said for you, and yes, the phone interview is so they can see what your phone presence is like.  You'll do great, just be calm and be yourself.
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Re: Job interview...ish
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2011, 05:47:57 pm »
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So, any good vibes prayers etc would be very much appreciated but in addition I'm curious as to whether anyone has done a phone interview for a position like this before? I've done very brief get-to-know-you interviews over the phone in the past but would really appreciate any insight.

 
I haven't done phone interviews for that particular kind of position before, but I've done lots of phone interviews.

Stuff of possible use:
- Interviewing with 1-2 people is different than interviewing with a panel of 6 - in the latter, it can be hard to remember who's speaking, what their role is, etc. If you can get a list in advance, or take notes as they introduce themselves, it helps a lot. (However, people will get that you may not catch all the names, etc. if there's a bunch of people.)

- I find something a friend (faculty at a small university told me) - when they do phone interview panels, they wear silly hats and things like reindeer antler headbands. Picturing your phone interviewers wearing things like that can keep you smiling, which makes you sound great.

- Take a breath before you answer - because you can't see visual cues of "Your turn to talk", sometimes someone will take a breath in a place you think is a "go ahead now" but they still had stuff to say. Taking a breath (or counting to 5) before you reply makes you sound more coherent, and helps you avoid talking over someone accidentally.

- Speak pleasantly and clearly.

- If you're getting interviewed for a customer service position, I'd anticipate questions about how you've handled a different customer service position in the past, especially one where you were communicating by phone, but other kinds of things (working with someone who's really upset, demanding to speak to a manager, etc.)

The cool thing about phone interviews is you can have notes up in front of you - have a few example stories outlined where you can easily remind yourself of them.

- Have a couple of questions for them. My favorite, snagged from the Ask A Manager blog, is one that usually blows managers away: it's "Thinking back to people who have been amazing in this position, what made them stand out?" It's a great question that tells you a lot about the culture and environment, but also makes you look really good. (She has lots of other great interview tips: http://askamanager.org)

- People say you should be just as dressed up for a phone interview as for a face to face one, which I sort of go "bah" at now. But do wear something that makes you feel sharp and energetic (but comfy). If you think you might walk around while talking, wear quiet shoes.

- And most importantly, do whatever you can to ensure a good phone connection without much background noise. Go sit in your car on a quiet street, lock pets out of the room you're in (if they won't make more noise in the process), etc. If you can use a landline that's better, but I did all of mine by cell, because that's what I had (and had one really lousy connection, and the rest it was fine.)

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Re: Job interview...ish
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2011, 01:04:03 am »
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So, any good vibes prayers etc would be very much appreciated but in addition I'm curious as to whether anyone has done a phone interview for a position like this before? I've done very brief get-to-know-you interviews over the phone in the past but would really appreciate any insight.

Thanks :D


Good job vibes for you.

And as far as phone interview tips go I would say make sure there is nobody else around, make an effort to smile when you talk becuase it makes you sound better, go to the toilet before the interview (nothing worse than having to hold on for 45 minutes) and having a glass of water handy.

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« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2011, 11:28:01 pm »
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Good luck! :cf:

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« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2011, 05:19:03 pm »
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Good luck! :cf:


Just wanted to say thank you to everyone. Unfortunately, while I thought the interview went well, I didn't get the job. Instead I got an email thanking me for my time :(. Honestly though thank you all for your thoughtful responses. Much appreciated.

Back to the drawing board.

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