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Does anyone have any tips for a telephone interview?

I have an unexpected telephone interview today with a Pharmecutical Company out in San Francisco. I am on the other end of the country from them, near New York City. This is my first real interview since I graduated back in May. I've read tips online, but none of them seem to be relevant to me since this is an entry level position AKA my first real job. It is for a regional CRA position meaning I'll probably be out of NYC or Newark, NJ, but I'm not sure.

Asked By: Fall Beauty - 7/13/2007
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As a executive recruiter, I tell all my candidates to make sure you take this call on a land line. Prior to the call do some due diligence on the company so when you are speaking to the recruiter you can ask some good question. Recruiters like to see that you know something about their company besides that it makes... More
Answered By: pinodad - 7/13/2007
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Use a land line not a cell phone. The reception on land lines are usually better. Also, make sure that you are in a quiet location where you won't be interupted.
Answered By: tinkinc2000 - 7/13/2007
 
Just be honest and don't try to make everything look nicer. Be yourself and take one step at the time. If the job was meant to be yours it will be and if not move on. Good luck.
Answered By: lesyaukrainka - 7/13/2007
 
I had a phone interview after a regular one, for hotel reservations....I was just myself!! I spoke clearly and slowly...As funny as it sounds, you may want to 'warm up' a little bit; sing some scales to loosen up the vocal chords, so you will sound relaxed and pleasant...try to look at something pleasant while you are... More
Answered By: bg43214 - 7/13/2007
 
Because it's over the phone you don't need to worry about apperance as much as voice tone. Be sure you speak clearly, friendly etc, etc... More
Answered By: Simba - 7/13/2007
 
Just speak clearly, answer the questions in a smart way. When you're done with the interview, politely ask... More
Answered By: Why? - 7/13/2007
 
Try and treat is as a face to face interview in terms of your preparedness but dress comfortably. If you can do it at a quiet place in your home that would be ideal. If you don't have a landline and have to use a cell phone get a bluetooth headset as it will probably have a better microphone and earpiece speaker. It... More
Answered By: New Dog Owner - 7/13/2007
 
shower, groom yourself, & dress as you would for the job interview in person. sit upright at a desk, with all relevant paperwork (and pen) in front of you. this'll help you get into the interview mode, and your conversation/voice will follow... More
Answered By: melon_rose - 7/13/2007
 
remember to smile even though the person on the other line can't see you. They can hear the smile in your voice. Stay positive, and avoid the word "um"
Answered By: Brittany D - 7/13/2007
 
This may sound simple, but don't chew gum and don't smoke! They will be able to hear either one.
Answered By: Corona - 7/13/2007
 
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