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Handling a Phone Interview From Out of the Blue

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains what you should do when you get a phone call from someone who wants to interview you from out of the blue.

 

Summary

Phone interviews are easier and harder than face to face ones. They are harder because the interviewer will not be influenced by how handsome you are or what a great wardrobe they that you have. All that they have to listen to is your voice. On the other hand, phone interviews are easier than face-to-face ones because they can't see that you have your resume out in front of you, that you have talking points marked off on your resume or that you may have a book open to answers to questions that you tend to flub.

There are two different types of phone interviews that people can yet but today I'm going to focus on the phone interview that comes in and out of the blue. You know, someone found your profile on LinkedIn or your resume on a job board and decides to call you up and do a brief interview with you.

Today, I am going to cover the basic point of how to handle a situation like that. I'm a play the role of the caller.

So they call you up and say, "Steve? I'm Jeff Altman. I'm a recruiter and I saw your resume on a job board or read your LinkedIn profile and would like to talk with you about a job I have the client of mine. Is this a good time to speak?"

"No, Jeff. It isn't a good time. I am about to go into a meeting (I have a call scheduled for five minutes from now). I want to make sure I have time to speak with you. Can we schedule a time to speak?"

"Sure," and you schedule the appointment.

Then, before jumping off the phone, you ask, "would you take a minute and tell me about the role you want to speak with me about?"

Why is this such a great technique? You want to know what the target is then made them want to call you so that you can proactively address this in your conversation with them as opposed to just guessing.

When I speak about guessing, I'm talking about how you just talk about what you've done as opposed to talking about what you've done that matters to them.

The first one is just talking and talking and talking without really knowing what matters to them or what they are looking for. The other, is speaking about what your experiences that will help them with the work they need to have done. Big difference!

By just asking them at the beginning of the conversation, you know what they are looking for and target answers to questions.

After all, when a consultant comes to meet with someone, they don't just simply talk about what they can do for you. They ask a number of questions to understand what your problem is and then focus their discussion on the work that they can do you think can help you with your issue. You want to do the same thing as a job hunter.

 

 

Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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The Best Ways to Get An Interview | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the most and least effective ways to get a job interview

 


Summary

Today, we talk about the best ways to get an interview. Let me give you a context.

If you want to be referred to a product or service, you've done some research and you're ready to make some choices, often, what do you do?

I'm not talking about flipping a coin, of course. You talk to friends, colleagues, business associates… People that you know and trust and rely upon. Then you make a decision.

In interviewing, you can do much the same thing. Let's say you're about a job opening. What can you do? Friends, colleagues and associates who you might know who can provide you with an introduction to the hiring manager.

Let's work with the assumption that not everyone that you know is going to know something about the firm you are interested in. Why not just go to LinkedIn? Why not see if there is someone you can connect with who can provide you with an introduction? After all, many of these people get employee referral bonuses for recommending someone to their firm was hired.

Then I can simply do you was silent because you asked him for it. Yet the demonstrate that you have experience, knowledge, and skills that are suitable but let's assume that you do. Do you think it's better to go into the great abyss of the applicant tracking system or be referred by someone who already works there or contact the hiring manager yourself?

The second and third choice are clearly best in the likelihood of you getting through directly to the hiring manager but it's hard and you have much greater chance of getting through if you are referred by someone who already works there.

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Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Forget the Elevator Pitch

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to “ditch the pitch” and substitute something better instead.

Why?

Have you been ever on the receiving end of an elevator pitch?

I have . . . a lot of elevator pitches.

They are awful.

Here, I explain my thinking.

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Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Reading the Interviewer’s Body Language

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter points out some body language clues to look for when you are interviewing. He also points out a way to try to reconnect with the interviewer if you are not connecting.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

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