15 March 2010

Progress: Phone Interview

Good day, readers! I was gearing up for my phone interview last week and just didn't feel like I had enough time to get everything done. Thus, I focused on my phone interview.

Here's a couple of links that helped me:

Some answers should probably be rehearsed as they always seem to be asked. I suggest having answers for these frequently asked questions:
  1. Tell me about yourself
  2. What are your strengths?
  3. What are your weaknesses? (Always turn the negative into a positive.)
  4. Why do you want to work for this company? (Always look into the company beforehand to ensure an articulate answer.)
  5. What sort of pay do you except to receive? (Remember, whoever says an amount first in negotiations always loses. Be careful on this one.)
  6. What are your future career goals?
The advice given in the book "The Very Quick Job Search" by Michael Farr, suggests using the "prove it" method for answering questions.
  1. Present a concrete example (tell a story)
  2. Quantify (give numbers and/or results)
  3. Link it up (link the story back to the question)
My phone interview went well, but it just is not a fit for my future. The firm wanted me to be in this role for a minimum of 3 years, which is just to long for me in that particular role.

Every "no" is a step closer to a "yes," so I do not feel bad about it. It was also good practice. I hope to land more interviews. I need to stay positive, keep my energy level high, and never despair. I am making progress.


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