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EP 1292 This is the completion of 8 years of shows on BlogTalkRadio. This was episode #1

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS

NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com
NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule a free discovery session.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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.  

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) https://thebiggamehunter.us/magnifi or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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Phone Interviews and How to Ace Them | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


Listen to the full episode here::
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/11/20/phone-interviews-and-how-to-ace-them-nobsjobsearchadvicecom

EP 1292 This is the completion of 8 years of shows on BlogTalkRadio. This was episode #1

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS

NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com
NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule a free discovery session.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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.  

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) https://thebiggamehunter.us/magnifi or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Join And Attend My Classes On Skillshare https://thebiggamehunter.us/Skillshare

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

Connect with me on LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/thebiggamehunter

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.” 

Subscribe And Give This Video A Thumbs Up If You Found It Helpful.

Phone Interviews and How to Ace Them | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Episode #1: Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses how to ace a phone interview. Yes, this is the first episode! November 20, 2018

 

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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 LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions

NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com
NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.” 

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

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Handling a Phone Interview From Out of the Blue | JobSearchTV.com


In this video, 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.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1100 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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.  

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

I Waited for a Phone Interview That Never Came | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

EP 940  I was scheduled for a phone interview. After waiting for one hour I sent an email to ask about it with no reply. Should I call? 

Summary

"I was scheduled for a phone interview for a job. After one hour, I sent an email to ask what had happened and received no reply. Should I call him?"

How long do you think they would wait if you were late for a phone interview? How much time you think would go by before they would respond? I tell you the answer. 10 minutes.

Yes, call. Start off with your message being, "We were scheduled to speak at 2 o'clock. It is 3 PM now. I haven't heard from anyone. I would like to reschedule. What is your calendar like tomorrow?"

If there is still no reply, this is what you do. "Are you okay? We were scheduled to speak and I haven't heard from you. Are you okay?" What that will do is flush up the other contact. Obviously something came up on their side or you are misled to believe that you have a phone interview by recruiter who misrepresented the situation. No matter. What you're looking for is a situation where you are trying to get them to come forward. Thus, the "Are you okay," approach . . . Do that as a voicemail; follow up immediately with an email that says the same thing and that you are scheduled to speak with them yesterday at 2 PM, you haven't heard anything back, didn't receive a phone call, I'm concerned that something might be wrong.

"Please reach out to me. I hope we can reschedule this conversation. If not, please just let me know that you are all right."

That will go a long way toward flushing them out and making them communicate with you which is really what you want right now.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1100 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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.  

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

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The Purpose of a Phone Interview | JobSearchTV.com


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the purpose of a phone interview from the employer’s perspective and from yours.

Summary

Today's video is about the purpose of the phone interview and and I want to do it from both sides perspective.

First of all, your side is easy. Your purpose is to get to the face-to-face interview. 999,000 in times out of 1 million, no one is ever hired on the basis a phone interview. There are very rare exceptions but usually a firm wants to meet someone before they are hired. So your job is to get to the actual in person interview and I will give you a couple of suggestions for how to do that.

The employer's perspective is (number 1) they're trying to confirm that what piqued their interest about your background is actually true; that ou have relevant experience. So they may have some questions in mind as to whether is your experience is relevant. There may be something that's causing them concern. They are looking confirmation, which means they see your background as a great fit and they're trying to confirm that by speaking with you. Really what they can confirm is a couple of pieces of objective information . . . that comes to subject the questioning. I know that sounds contradictory, but the questions that they use to evaluate involve some degree of subjectivity. And again, I'm going to get to how you can do your part of this most effectively in a moment.

So the other thing that they can really evaluate is your energy level. Do you have passion, do you have zeal, do you have excitement for what you do? Does it come across in your voice? Do you speak in a slow, methodical monotone manner that puts people to sleep or do you demonstrate a degree of enthusiasm and excitement?

Your side of this. How do you demonstrate that you have some passion for what you do? How do you demonstrate they don't have to worry about you, that you do fit the role? There are 2 parts to this.

If the call is coming out of the blue, then what I want to encourage you to do is to say something along the lines of (from a corporation, not a third party recruiter) if the call is coming from a Corporation would encourage you to say, "I would love to speak with you. Can we schedule time, a little bit later. I have to go to a meeting . . . I've an appointment. I want to give you full attention. Could we speaking at . . . " That you offer up a time.

Then you go back and forth and schedule it. Understand that part of what you've now gotten from there your phone call is who it is, you can reference your notes about the job that you might submit your application to, or,mbefore you jump off, you can say, "Would you tell me about the position that you are trying to hire for," and make them talk. Then say, "thanks. I look forward to speaking with you."

Then there's the call that's actually scheduled and you now have a call set for to 2 o'clock, for example. When they call, you start the conversation with (remember, scheduling can come from third-party recruiters, as well as from yourself),you start the conversation by saying, "I spoke with Jeff Altman about the position. He gave me a brief summary but I wanted to get your take on it. Would you tell me about the job as you see it and what I can do to help you?"

And in that way, they are going to start off by talking about the position that they are trying to fill. You'll get enough information so that when they start with, " tell me about yourself," and all follow-up questions that come from your answer that, you can tailor your answers to what matters to them.

So, again, the purpose of the phone interviews from their standpoint is the screen you in or screen you out. They don't want to waste time with someone who isn't a fit. What they want to do is confirm that you have the right background or get answers to a couple of basic questions that gave them hesitancy.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching,  all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

Mobile Phone Interviews: Prepare to Ace Them! | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 923  Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter turns his attention to doing a phone interview on your mobile phone. 

Summary

Quite a few years ago, I wrote an article that's all over the web called, "Phone Interviews: Prepare to Ace Them." I wrote it at a time when firms were first starting to use phone interviews as part of their repertoire for prescreening candidates. Most people were making a lot of mistakes. I tried to just give them some simple pointers.

One of the pointers I gave them was don't use a mobile phone for an interview; frankly times have changed and we have to adapt with the times. So today I want to talk with you about mobile phone interviewing and the tips for phone interviewing and mobile interviewing or generally the same. You rehearse, you research the firm, you talk to people beforehand and practice what you're going to say. You get to a place that's relatively quiet where you're not going to be interrupted. Stuff along those lines.

As a matter of fact, go look for the article-- "Phone Interviews: Prepare to Ace Them." You'll find it, I'm sure. Read that article.

But now let's go to the point related to mobile interviews. Mobile interviews have one extra dynamic that's beyond your control. And that is you're dependent upon your carrier as to whether you're able to be heard clearly. And you have to remember your voice is the primary sales tool. if you're not going to a place with good cellular reception, you're not going to have a good interview because the person on the other end of the phone is going to get distracted, annoyed, not pay attention and do a variety of things that discount everything you say because they can't hear you.

So just be aware. Look for places where you can actually get great cell service. If you're not sure, frankly, talk to a friend of yours from that place on your mobile. Listen to what they tell you. Don't risk having a bad interview because you are too lazy to check whether their conference room in your office has good cell reception. Don't risk being rejected for a job that you really want because you didn't care enough and didn't take the time to check out how you sound over the phone. Practice not letting the phone slip under your chin. I was talking to a friend of mine recently. She had just come back from a trip and there were times when her phone ... you knew she wasn't paying attention to where the following had slipped that I couldn't hear a word she said. I had to say, "Excuse me. Could you move the phone back to your mouth."

You don't want to be in that position where and interview's on the live because you don't know whether this is going to be the job you really want.

So again, pick a spot where you'll have great reception, where no one will have to strain to hear any word you say in a normal tone of voice. Number two, practice. Practice holding your phone in a way that's comfortable for you during an interview. Practice in a way that your answers come across very clearly. And lastly check out the place that you are going to interview.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching,  all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

The Purpose of a Phone Interview | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 917 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the purpose of a phone interview from the employer’s perspective and from yours.

Summary

Today's video is about the purpose of the phone interview and and I want to do it from both sides perspective.

First of all, your side is easy. Your purpose is to get to the face-to-face interview. 999,000 in times out of 1 million, no one is ever hired on the basis a phone interview. There are very rare exceptions but usually a firm wants to meet someone before they are hired. So your job is to get to the actual in person interview and I will give you a couple of suggestions for how to do that.

The employer's perspective is (number 1) they're trying to confirm that what piqued their interest about your background is actually true; that ou have relevant experience. So they may have some questions in mind as to whether is your experience is relevant. There may be something that's causing them concern. They are looking confirmation, which means they see your background as a great fit and they're trying to confirm that by speaking with you. Really what they can confirm is a couple of pieces of objective information . . . that comes to subject the questioning. I know that sounds contradictory, but the questions that they use to evaluate involve some degree of subjectivity. And again, I'm going to get to how you can do your part of this most effectively in a moment.

So the other thing that they can really evaluate is your energy level. Do you have passion, do you have zeal, do you have excitement for what you do? Does it come across in your voice? Do you speak in a slow, methodical monotone manner that puts people to sleep or do you demonstrate a degree of enthusiasm and excitement?

Your side of this. How do you demonstrate that you have some passion for what you do? How do you demonstrate they don't have to worry about you, that you do fit the role? There are 2 parts to this.

If the call is coming out of the blue, then what I want to encourage you to do is to say something along the lines of (from a corporation, not a third party recruiter) if the call is coming from a Corporation would encourage you to say, "I would love to speak with you. Can we schedule time, a little bit later. I have to go to a meeting . . . I've an appointment. I want to give you full attention. Could we speaking at . . . " That you offer up a time.

Then you go back and forth and schedule it. Understand that part of what you've now gotten from there your phone call is who it is, you can reference your notes about the job that you might submit your application to, or,mbefore you jump off, you can say, "Would you tell me about the position that you are trying to hire for," and make them talk. Then say, "thanks. I look forward to speaking with you."

Then there's the call that's actually scheduled and you now have a call set for to 2 o'clock, for example. When they call, you start the conversation with (remember, scheduling can come from third-party recruiters, as well as from yourself),you start the conversation by saying, "I spoke with Jeff Altman about the position. He gave me a brief summary but I wanted to get your take on it. Would you tell me about the job as you see it and what I can do to help you?"

And in that way, they are going to start off by talking about the position that they are trying to fill. You'll get enough information so that when they start with, " tell me about yourself," and all follow-up questions that come from your answer that, you can tailor your answers to what matters to them.

So, again, the purpose of the phone interviews from their standpoint is the screen you in or screen you out. They don't want to waste time with someone who isn't a fit. What they want to do is confirm that you have the right background or get answers to a couple of basic questions that gave them hesitancy.

Summary

Today's video is about the purpose of the phone interview and and I want to do it from both sides perspective.

First of all, your side is easy. Your purpose is to get to the face-to-face interview. 999,000 in times out of 1 million, no one is ever hired on the basis a phone interview. There are very rare exceptions but usually a firm wants to meet someone before they are hired. So your job is to get to the actual in person interview and I will give you a couple of suggestions for how to do that.

The employer's perspective is (number 1) they're trying to confirm that what piqued their interest about your background is actually true; that ou have relevant experience. So they may have some questions in mind as to whether is your experience is relevant. There may be something that's causing them concern. They are looking confirmation, which means they see your background as a great fit and they're trying to confirm that by speaking with you. Really what they can confirm is a couple of pieces of objective information . . . that comes to subject the questioning. I know that sounds contradictory, but the questions that they use to evaluate involve some degree of subjectivity. And again, I'm going to get to how you can do your part of this most effectively in a moment.

So the other thing that they can really evaluate is your energy level. Do you have passion, do you have zeal, do you have excitement for what you do? Does it come across in your voice? Do you speak in a slow, methodical monotone manner that puts people to sleep or do you demonstrate a degree of enthusiasm and excitement?

Your side of this. How do you demonstrate that you have some passion for what you do? How do you demonstrate they don't have to worry about you, that you do fit the role? There are 2 parts to this.

If the call is coming out of the blue, then what I want to encourage you to do is to say something along the lines of (from a corporation, not a third party recruiter) if the call is coming from a Corporation would encourage you to say, "I would love to speak with you. Can we schedule time, a little bit later. I have to go to a meeting . . . I've an appointment. I want to give you full attention. Could we speaking at . . . " That you offer up a time.

Then you go back and forth and schedule it. Understand that part of what you've now gotten from there your phone call is who it is, you can reference your notes about the job that you might submit your application to, or,mbefore you jump off, you can say, "Would you tell me about the position that you are trying to hire for," and make them talk. Then say, "thanks. I look forward to speaking with you."

Then there's the call that's actually scheduled and you now have a call set for to 2 o'clock, for example. When they call, you start the conversation with (remember, scheduling can come from third-party recruiters, as well as from yourself),you start the conversation by saying, "I spoke with Jeff Altman about the position. He gave me a brief summary but I wanted to get your take on it. Would you tell me about the job as you see it and what I can do to help you?"

And in that way, they are going to start off by talking about the position that they are trying to fill. You'll get enough information so that when they start with, " tell me about yourself," and all follow-up questions that come from your answer that, you can tailor your answers to what matters to them.

So, again, the purpose of the phone interviews from their standpoint is the screen you in or screen you out. They don't want to waste time with someone who isn't a fit. What they want to do is confirm that you have the right background or get answers to a couple of basic questions that gave them hesitancy.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching,  all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

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I’m on a Phone Interview & Losing It!!! | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

ep 719 Here’s how to handle a situation when you’re feeling flustered or losing the interview.

Summary

I was working with someone yesterday who asked me about how to handle situations where they feel flustered.

Feeling flustered often comes from lack of preparation. Thus, you wind up in situations where you just don't perform. Frankly, I believe for most individuals, if you took more time to rehearse answers to predictable questions, the number of circumstances where you feel flustered were losing the phone interview would decline quickly.

Proper Preparation Prevents ________ Performance. The full sentence is, "Proper preparation prevents piss-poor performance."

Here's what I always suggest that people do. Have you ever been on a call with someone who says, "Hold on 1 second. Someone's interrupting me. Can you bear with me for a moment?" The call goes on hold, they come back and you pick up the conversation. Why not apply the same tactic here?

You're feeling a little bit off. You feel like the interviewee is going south on you. You need to pull yourself back together again and don't want to feel worked up. As soon as you send sense it, you say, "Could you bear with me for just a few seconds? Someone just walked in and I need to handle the situation." You put them on hold or mute the call and what you do is take a few deep breaths, focus on what you have to do . . . Do that for 5 seconds. That's enough time. You can do it in 5 seconds. You can put yourself back together and come back to the call , ready to continue.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and leadership coaching.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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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Handling a Phone Interview From Out of the Blue

 

In this video, 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.

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