Updated: June 27, 2016
Job interviews can be stressful. You have to dress to impress when meeting face to face so there is stress over the outfit you pick out. There is stress over making sure you get there at the right time. And when you do get there, there is stress over the pending eye contact and questions the interviewer is going to ask.
It’s a little different when you’re interviewing for a work-from-home job. Since most job interviews are done over the phone, you have to be on your toes and ready for anything.
And why not? After all, there are hundreds of candidates vying for the same job so it’s important to bring your A-game to an interview whether it’s in person or by phone.
A while back I wrote a post sharing some tips to prepare you for a successful job interview. I want to follow up with that by sharing some phone interview no no’s that can blow anyone’s chances at landing a job, no matter how qualified a candidate may be.
Phone Interview No-No’s
Don’t Be Unprepared – Don’t be unprepared. Make sure you’re logged in to your computer with the company’s website and resume pulled up for instant access.
Embellish Your Achievements – Nothing will make you lose credibility faster and blow your chance at landing a job more than embellishing your achievements. Remember they have your former employer’s information and will likely contact them to verify so be honest about your successes.
Response To The Question “Why Do You Want To Work Here” – Ah the dreaded question, “why do you want to work here.” I mean really, how many of us have given serious thought to this question. Most of us are looking for good pay and benefits. That’s the real reason why most of us are looking for work but we don’t want to say that during an interview.
Your response needs to be carefully thought out. The interviewer doesn’t want to hear a candidate give a response like “I heard it’s a fun place to work” or “I heard the pay is good.”
Know Nothing About the Company – Not knowing anything about the company is another no-no. Here’s my suggestion. Before the interview, get online and do some research to learn about the company you want to work for. Find out how they’re involved in the community or if there are any milestones the company has achieved.
Faulty Equipment – Double check to make sure your PC is running properly. An interviewer will likely ask you to perform a computer-related activity and nothing will suck more than an unresponsive or slow computer.
Don’t Get Too Comfortable with the Interviewer – No matter how easy going and laid back the interviewer is, don’t respond in that manner. Keep a friendly but professional tone throughout your conversation. Which brings me to the next one.
Talk in Slang or Curse – Using slang words in your responses.
Keep Your Cell Phone On – Keep your cell phone on silentringing or alerts going off.
Background Noise – Keep the TV and music off during your interview.
Other Noises – Yawning, belching and other noises are also a no-no.
Eating, Chewing and Drinking – Eating, chewing gum and drinking during a phone interview is another no-no.
Monotone – If you can help it, don’t speak in a montone voice.
Talk Negative – Last but not least, do not talk negatively about your former employer or co-workers.
Over To You
So there you have it. Simple faux pas that can blow an interview right out of the water.
What other examples can you share that can affect the outcome of a job interview? I’d love to know what you think. There’s a comments section below this post to share your thoughts and suggestions with us.
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