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Interview Tips – Part 2 – Phone Manners

Dear Freshers,

This is very important.

We find that many times when we call up candidates for the first time, they are not very courteous. They sometimes yell with not much respect “WHO? WHAT DO YOU WANT?” etc.

Not very pleasant. Why does this happen?

1. You have applied for a few jobs.

2. After some days one of the recruiters calls you up. and you don’t have the number.

3. In casual fashion you start talking the way you usually do.

The problem here is that for many freshers don’t have good phone manners. The way to address this problem is to have great phone manners ALL THE TIME. not just when you are applying for jobs. not just when speaking to your recruiter or would-be-employer. All the time. That would take you a long way!

Some tips for great phone manners.

1. Be very respectful. They cannot see you. Only your words and tone can be heard.

2. Use polite language. Don’t ask “What do you want??” Do you think someone would call you and say forget to say why they called. It doesn’t happen with recruiters 🙂 So just say “yes?” or “Yes Please” Or something like “Yes. How can I help you?”

3. If possible, have the conversation in a quiet environment. Depending on your situation and the time of call, this may not be possible. However if the noise around you is too distracting, then offer to call back in 10 minutes or one hour or something similar – so that you can have a productive conversation.

Interview Tips – Part 1 – Phone and Phone Number

My dear Freshers!

This one is what you might call a no-brainer – in other words, this is just a very obvious thing to do.

Give out your correct phone number. Yep. Correct phone number.

There are times when you may slip up on one of the digits. But more importantly what happens is this: You give our your phone number THEN you go and give your phone or sim card to a close relative and get yourself a new phone number. This happens every once in a while. So make sure your resume has your latest and greatest phone number.

Also please make sure you have good phone signal reception on your phone. Some phones may have snazzy features but may be weak on the signal. So you want to ensure that you have a good signal on your phone and keep it charged. Its best to charge it every night. By the way, usually the more basic models are great at signal reception compared to the smart-phones.