In today’s job market, many candidates are searching for opportunities outside their immediate area. But, applying to out-of-state, or other long-distance opportunities can present some challenges for hiring managers. As a result, many are resorting to phone interviews in lieu of traditional, in-person interviews, or as an additional way to screen candidates before bringing them into the office.
Is your voice helping to “sell” you in phone interviews?
Without the face-to-face interaction of a traditional interview, your speech and words are the only tool you have (in addition to your resume, of course) to effectively “sell” yourself in the interview. Don’t let your voice hinder your chances of landing the job!
Is your voice helping or hindering you? Here are a few tips to use your voice to land the job:
- Watch your tone. Ask a friend or family member to give a frank opinion of your voice. Does your voice sound confident? Professional? Immature? Nervous? Or, record yourself answering standard interview questions, and give yourself an honest assessment.
- Pay attention to inflection. Using inflection to emphasize specific words or phrases can help bring home a strong point your trying to make. Conversely, using inflection improperly can cause misunderstanding of your words. Tread carefully!
- Practice. Practice. Practice. Chances are you can put together a sample list of interview questions you’ll hear. Practice your responses to those questions, for friends and family, or for a recording. Then, hone your responses so that they sound natural, but not rehearsed.
- Put some “oomph” into it! Maybe you were up all night tossing and turning with nerves about your interview, but your voice shouldn’t reflect that. Don’t go overboard, but make sure you are engaged and invested in the conversation.
Put these tips to the test, and you’ll be well on your way toward a successful phone interview! And if you’re looking for new career opportunities in Atlanta, contact SelecSource today.