- Prepare for a telephone interview as you would a face-to-face interview. Decide why you would be a good fit for the job and think of your strengths and weaknesses.
- Make sure you are in a place with no distractions.
- Have your resume handy for reference, as well as pen and paper to take notes.
- Use a land-line if possible.
- Be careful about your tone of voice. Make sure you smile as you talk — that positive attitude will come through over the phone.
- Stand up to help yourself project a positive image and improve your phone presence.
- Keep a glass of water nearby in case you need it.
- Do not rush through answers. It is fine to have a moment or two of silence before you respond to a question.
Note: Refer to the Professional Correspondence guidelines on the Networking page for additional thoughts about telephone etiquette.