Interview Preparation Tips (Part 20 of 20)

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Examrace Placement Series prepares you for the toughest placement exams to top companies.

Telephone interview

Telephone interviews are merely screening interviews meant to eliminate poorly qualified candidates so that only a few are left for personal interviews. You might be called out of the blue, or a your telephone call to check on your resume might turn into an interview. Your mission is to be invited for a personal face-to-face interview. Some tips for telephone interviews:

Anticipate the dialogue. Write a general script with answers to questions you might be asked. Focus on skills, experiences, and accomplishments. Practice until you are comfortable. Then replace the script with cue cards that you keep by the telephone.

Keep your notes handy. Have any key information, including your resume, notes about the company and any cue cards you have prepared next to the phone. You will sound prepared if you have you don't have to search for information. Make sure you also have a notepad and pen so you can jot down notes and any questions you would like to ask at the end of the interview.

Be prepared to think on your feet. If you are asked to participate in a role-playing situation, give short but concise answers. Accept any criticism with tact and grace.

Avoid salary issues. If you are asked how much money you would expect, try to avoid the issue by using a delaying statement or give a broad range with a $15, 000 spread. At this point, you do not know how much the job is worth