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How to stand out in a phone interview

I can still remember my first phone interview for a job. I had no idea what to expect so really wasn't looking forward to it, but it can't have gone too badly because I got the job. Now that I've been lucky enough to progress in my career to positions where I'm conducting the other side of the phone interview I've been quite surprised how little it takes to stand out from the crowd:1. Be Prepared
When booking the interview, consider how much time you'll need to get to where you can comfortably take the call. When the interviewer phones you'll want to be nice and relaxed and able to take the call within a couple of rings. If you're struggling to find your phone, not drop any paper work or find a place out of the wind / pull over in your car you will already be putting yourself on the back foot.2. Smile when you speak
Don't sound like you've just been called at 6am on your day off! When you answer the call make sure you sound happy and show th…

Interviews: Sometime it just won't be your day!

Sometimes, no matter how much you prepare, you're just going to have a bad interview! I just wish someone had given me that nugget of advice when I was starting out.If you're into fitness, as you're probably painfully aware, some days you can be really looking forward to a run / swim / workout. But when you start you just can't get into it! In these situations people generally have no problem classing it as an off day and moving on. But almost everyone expects to always be on their 'A' game when going for an interview. Obviously comparing going to the gym to an interview, the external pressures are completely different: Maybe you really need the money,Interviews are thin on the groundor you just really want the job! However just like going for that run / swim / workout, no matter how much you want it - some days it's just not going to go your way! The best thing you can do is look to see what you can learn from the experience and move on. Just like keep f…