How To Ace A Phone Interview

Career Realism

What’s the biggest obstacle to getting a job interview? The phone interview. Related: How To Answer 5 Important Phone Interview Questions. So how can you ace the phone interview and get invited to the face-to-face? Prepare For Interview Questions.

Phone Interviews: Best Answers To 4 Common Questions

Career Realism

Phone Interviews: Best Answers To 4 Common Questions. The phone interview is a gating process that attempts to weed out as many job seekers as possible so that the company only needs to spend time and effort interviewing the best of the best.

How to Use Phone Interviews to Screen Candidates


Phone interviews give you an easy way to do a quick assessment of a candidate. They do not require coordinating schedules of an interview panel or arranging time for a candidate to come in, and they can be done wherever you have cell reception.

How To Handle The Phone Interview

Career Alley

3 Strategies for Making it Past the Initial 5-Second Resume Scan » How To Handle The Phone Interview “Today is yesterday’s pupil.&# – - Thomas Fuller Recently, hiring managers and recruiters have turned to the phone interview as a method of cutting down their enormous list of applicants to a select few who are eligible for an in-person interview. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t succeed at a phone interview.

I don’t want to be friends with my coworker, surprise phone interviews, and more

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Calling candidates without warning for surprise phone interviews. As part of the interview process, the hiring manager cold calls applicants who have sent in cover letters and resumes. (It It does not say in the job posting that the phone interviews will be unscheduled.) Most people who are called don’t answer, and the manager leaves a voicemail message, so some get in contact later on to schedule an interview. It’s five answers to five questions.

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should I tell my employer if I file for bankruptcy, using speaker phone during a phone interview, and more

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Even with my new salary, I am really struggling, since I also have student loans and a mortgage to pay. As for the phone situation, you definitely aren’t expected to use your work number on your resume; in fact, that would reflect poorly on you if you did, since you shouldn’t be using your employer’s resources for job hunting. This is how it worked in the days before cell phones, after all; people received messages and called people back.

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can I ask for a higher salary if I agreed to a lower range at the start of the interview process?

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A reader writes: I was wondering if it is okay to negotiate salary on a role that a salary range was provided during the course of the interview. For example, if during the initial phone interview I was provided a range of $60K to $70K, is it acceptable to try to negotiate more once an offer is made? The basic principle, though, is that you never need to be irrevocably pinned down on salary before you’ve had a chance to learn all of what the job entails.

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why did this company lead me on about salary?

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A reader writes: I recently had a bizarre interview experience and was hoping you may be able to provide some clarity to the situation. I had a phone interview with the person who would be my boss at the new company that went very well. We later set up a meeting to have an in-person interview. ” I told him what my current salary was and explained I’d be interested in a 15% increase at a new role. They offered me nearly $10K below my current salary.

my interviewer asked “how low I was willing to go” on salary

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A reader writes: I had a wonderful phone interview that lead to an in-person interview. However, at the end of the interview, I was asked for a ballpark salary requirement, which I gave along with the standard caveat that I would want to consider a complete compensation package. Is this a new style of salary negotiating? ” But if that wasn’t the context, then yeah, these people just told you that they want to cheap out on salary.

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how should I ask candidates their salary expectations?

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When I receive a promising resume, I will email the candidate to arrange a phone interview. In that first email, I ask, “What are your salary expectations?” ” If the person replies, “I am looking for salary between $X-Y” but I know the position pays (usually quite a bit) lower than that, I will advise the applicant that their expectations are higher than what the position pays and ask if they are still interested in the phone interview.

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how to negotiate a 50% increase in salary

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A reader writes: When I last moved jobs, I went from being a big fish in a little business to an “experienced professional” non-managerial role in a corporate environment, and I read a lot of your salary negotiation advice to prepare for what I knew would be a way more formal interview process than I’d ever done before. I came out the other end with a seriously impressive jump in salary – 50% increase plus stock options. salary

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in a long interview process, can I ask about salary? — Ask a Manager

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager in a long interview process, can I ask about salary? January 5, 2011 A reader writes: I had a great second phone interview with a company I think would be perfect. Should I have brought it up with the interviewer today?

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when can I ask about salary if the job posting doesn’t list it?

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I’ve come across a handful of ads that say that their salary and benefits standards are “competitive and depend on qualifications and experience.”. My question is: When do I ask about range if the salary is unlisted? Do I ask after they respond, but before the interview? After the interview? In an ideal world, employers would just post the salary range for the job up-front so that if it didn’t work for you, you could self-select out. salary

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I was offered an interview — until they found out my current salary

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So I submitted my resume and cover letter and heard back within a day with an invitation to have a preliminary phone interview. The HR rep also requested that I give my salary history and a potential range for their position. I had already avoided the question on their application because I knew that my current salary would cause them to screen me out. (I It seems like he thought I was a great candidate until he found out my current salary. salary

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I didn’t get a job offer because the employer thought the salary was too low for me

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A reader writes: I recently was turned down for a job offer even though I was the employer’s top candidate, because my current salary was out of their salary range for the position. I first had a phone interview where I disclosed my current salary and was told it was high. I made it to a second, in-person interview and was told that their only concern with me was the salary. I’m guessing they tried to up the salary, perhaps? salary

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bad career advice and salary negotiation

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I’m frequently annoyed by some of the bad job advice that’s out there, and there’s one thing in particular really irking me right now: &# career advisors&# who write long articles blithely telling you how to avoid discussing your salary requirements in a job search, with absolutely no acknowledgement of the fact that many, many employers use online application processes that require you to input this number before you can proceed. salary

if you aren’t screening job candidates by phone, you must start now

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I’ve been asked a few times recently if it’s really worth spending the time on phone interviews before bringing job candidates in for in-person interviews, and the answer is a loud, ear-splitting YES. Phone interviews are a massive time saver for you and for job candidates, because you can quickly eliminate people who aren’t right in a 15-20-minute conversation rather than investing an hour in an in-person conversation. phone interviews

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my assistant is constantly gazing in the mirror, lying to employers about salary, and more

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Speaker advised lying to employers about salary. She told me a speaker advised women to quote their previous salary at $10,000 more than what they were actually paid when negotiating a salary because future employers can’t prove you lied. Employers routinely ask for W2s, pay stubs, and other proof of salary — routinely. And when employers find out that you lied about salary (or whatever else), they will revoke the job offer.

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should managers always know their employees’ salaries, an insulting job offer, and more

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Should managers always know the salaries of the people they’re managing? Should every manager, even a first time manager, be entitled to know the salary of the person he/she is managing? Another part is to to work to retain high performers, and salary is a big part of that. I was flown into town for an in-person interview following a successful phone interview. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

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I was offered my boss’s job but now she’s not leaving, negotiating salary through a recruiter, and more

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It would be a huge bump in salary and responsibility, and a position that is rarely vacant, so I enthusiastically said yes. Recruiter is making it hard for me to negotiate salary. There were phone interviews with the outside recruiter, the internal HR guy, and the hiring manager, and then a day on-site of serial interviews with eight different people. You may also like: was I burned in this salary negotiation? It’s five answers to five questions.

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Hullo? You there? | Ultimate Career

Job Hunt Doctor

How would you interview? I just spent a full 3 hours last week conducting phone interviews to hire customer support associates and here are some interesting responses which, I thought, are “noteworthy&#. Â Q: Hi, this is Ethan calling for your phone interview, is this a good time to talk? Also, I am the receptionist of the company answering phone calls and enquiries and I deal with sending and receiving packages and letters.

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my coworker told me I’m too loud, salary and demotions, and more

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Today as I was on the phone with a client and closing a sale, a coworker comes up to me, waits for me to finish on the phone, and then in a rather back handed fashion says, “You are very good but you are also very loud. That said, I can see why her wording rubbed you the wrong way; I suspect you would have taken if differently if she’d said, “I’m so sorry about this, but I wonder if you could lower your voice just a little on the phone?

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accepted a promotion without talking salary, name-dropping in interviews, and more

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I accepted a promotion without asking about the salary. Thanks to a lot of the great comments on Open Thread, I successfully interviewed for and got a promotion at my company. The issue now is that I have no idea what my new salary is. I can only assume that the position comes with a pay bump, as I am now a manager, but it wasn’t discussed in my internal interview, nor was it discussed when my boss called me to offer me the position (he is in a remote office).

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should recruiters disclose salary range when they reach out to you, “seeking new opportunities” on LinkedIn, and more

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Should recruiters disclose salary range when they reach out to you? How common is it for recruiters to disclose salary range for positions when they reach out to you? I’ve heard colleagues who have professions that are highly technical and in demand talk about how recruiters have disclosed salary ranges to them for the openings they are recruiting for. It’s four answers to four questions. Here we go….

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interviewing when you’re far apart on salary, turning down a date with a coworker, and more

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Should I go to a cross-country interview when we’re far apart on salary? I was recently recruited and had a successful first interview (via phone) with a reputable company. They are flying me across the country to participate in two days of in-person interviews and also disclosed that they only have two finalists. During my phone interview, the salary subject was brought up and one of the interviewers did not phrase the salary talk in the form of a question.

managing someone my fiance had a conflict with, following up on a promised salary review, and more

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This morning, HR called me to set up an interview and the position would be directly overseeing the coworker who he had the problem with, and I would be interviewing with his previous manager. ” You could say this at the interview itself, but you might even think about emailing it beforehand (along with “I want to make sure that doesn’t pose any issues for the company”) because if it IS prohibitive, you could save yourself some time by finding out now. (On

Don’t Dial It In: 7 Tips for Honing Your Telephone Interview Skills


It’s easy to underestimate the importance of an initial phone interview/screen, but having polished telephone interview skills can make or break your job search. The same goes for accepting an afternoon interview if you’re prone to a post-lunch slump.

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how to deal with a rude recruiter

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A reader writes: I’m looking for advice on how to deal with rude recruiters, due to a phone interview with one earlier this morning. . Our initial 30-minute phone conversation about his client went very well, and after reviewing a position description forwarded to me in follow-up via email, we set a second more formal phone interview, during which he screened me to write a report for his client. Recruiter: No, you have to tell me your salary information.

What Does Fast Track Hiring Mean For Candidates?

Career Realism

The topic was focused on hiring and interviewing, primarily on the need to develop performance profiles as an alternative to typical job descriptions and on the need to significantly upgrade the quality of the interview process. What Does Fast Track Hiring Mean For Candidates?

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5 Tips For Nailing Your Next Phone Screening

Career Realism

When you have the employer calling and saying they want to schedule a phone interview with you, that means you look good on paper and they now want to see if you are all that you say you are. In most instances, the phone screening is conducted by someone from HR.

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can I show annoyance with a terrible job offer that I don’t plan to take?

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I recently interviewed with a company for what sounded like a lower-mid-level position. I’ll admit, some of the questions I was asked in the interview process were fairly low-level, but the actual duties of the job were complex enough that I chalked the low-level questions to a poor talent pool in our area combined with a new interviewer. They were up-front that the position pays X and said to let them know if I’d still like to schedule an interview.

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How to Find Great Career Advice Fast


Whether you want some quick advice on how to do well in a phone interview, are wondering how to answer questions about your salary history, or want to know the benefits of creating an online portfolio, Career Digital has you covered.

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What Does Fast Track Hiring Mean For Candidates?

Career Realism

The topic was focused on hiring and interviewing, primarily on the need to develop performance profiles as an alternative to typical job descriptions and on the need to significantly upgrade the quality of the interview process.

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the most confusing things about job searching

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Why do some employers set up phone interviews and then never call? Why do some interviews seem to go well, but then you never hear anything back from the employer? Why do companies ask you to name your salary requirements without telling you the range they plan to pay for the position? Should you apply for jobs when you meet most but not all of the qualifications?

I’m supposed to write 23 mini-essays in 24 hours before an employer will even interview me

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My gut instinct is telling me to pass because there is no indication whether or not I would receive a phone or in-person interview. If not included with your resume, please provide your specific salary range/requirements. Please provide your specific salary requirement and/or range and please do not state “salary is negotiable”. These questions are interview questions, not essay questions. bad interviewer behavior

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?? 365 Top Tips to Rock Your Job Search Every Day of 2018


Prepare stories for your job interview. Know how to correctly pronounce your interviewer's name in advance. Know when to talk salary first. Say the salary you’re seeking, not the one you’re making. Before job interviews, practice walking into the room.

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How To Explain Why You Want A Lower-Paying, Lesser-Responsibility Job

Career Realism

So what if you find yourself applying for a job that is at a lower level than what you’ve done before and/or is at a lower salary? Related: How To Answer 5 Tricky Job Interview Questions. Here’s How To Answer 2 Specific Job Interview Questions In These Situations: 1.

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free food at work, weird phone call from a recruiter, and more

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The position would have been a huge increase in salary as well as title, but the job duties are the same as I am doing in my current position with the exception of having a small team to supervise. Weird phone call from a recruiter. I just had a very bizarre phone interview with a recruiter and was wondering if it is common for recruiters to do stuff like this. I received a call out of the blue and the guy asked if I had time for a phone interview right then.

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My Job Search Journey

Ms. Career Girl

From the reason behind the decision to leave the agency world to the interview process itself, it’s been a roller coaster of a journey. I was thrilled every time someone called to schedule an interview and enjoyed the challenge of presenting myself just right for each opportunity.

8 ways to be excluded as a serious candidate (before the face to.

Competitive Resumes

Wednesday, June 01, 2011 Attend This Job Interview Sick As A Dog Or… Sunday, May 29, 2011 10 Attributes Showing Men as The Most Hard-Headed Job Seekers In The Universe Wednesday, May 25, 2011 You can chat with me here at times. Finally, miss your phone interview time.

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