Wednesday, March 4, 2015

How much do you want it? [Phone Interview Series]

I've spent a month rewriting my resume, updating my online profiles, applying to every job that looks remotely interesting and now I've finally received an email requesting a time for a phone interview.

Party Dance!!

WooHoo! Time for a little celebration! My effort has been noticed!

Wait! I'm not prepared.

But who is this company? I've applied to so many jobs I don't even remember what this company does. Which job did I apply for? Uh Oh! I don't know the first things about the company or the job.

Don't Panic.

Time to research the company and the job position. It might have been 6 or 7 weeks since I submitted my application for this job. That's a long time to forget what it was that attracted me to the company and job in the first place.

The first thing I need to do is determine if I even want this job. Sounds odd, but yes in 6 weeks I might have found a new job title that fits me better. Am I still interested in this industry and the day-to-day tasks that are part of this job? Do I still want to work for this company?

I need to know if this is an opportunity I'm still excited about, before I reply to the email with my available dates and times . Of course, I always make time for phone interviews regardless of my interest level. Practice makes me better and being a great interviewer helps in every area of my life.

No, I'm not interested.

Great! Now that I've admitted I don't care about the job I can have confidence during the phone interview. After all it doesn't matter if I get a call back. This is the best time to practice and learn. This is when I can be bold and ask questions that I would normally hold back. This is the time I can take big action without worrying about failure. Ironically, this is when I give my best phone interviews.

-Always be honest with yourself