Pulled from the FREE e-book “70+ Tips to Perfect the Interview,” today’s advice comes from Sara Sutton Fell, CEO and Founder of FlexJobs.


Prepare specifically for a PHONE interview


Phone interviews aren’t like talking to a good friend (though, wouldn’t that be nice!). The conversation can be awkward unless you’ve planned accordingly, so try practicing with someone you trust over the phone. For the real interview, you’ll want to demonstrate your ability to interact well over the phone without body language or other social queues to go by. Pick a quiet spot to have the interview, and remove any distractions (turn off your computer, put away random objects on your desk, etc.). The only things you need are a copy of your resume, a list of talking points and answers to common interview questions, a list of important info about the company and your interviewer, and a phone. Smile and use your voice to convey enthusiasm. Don’t be afraid of pauses or short silences, and just try to relax. The more relaxed you are, the better the interview will go!

Sara Casual CloseupSara Sutton Fell is the CEO and Founder of FlexJobs, the leading, award-winning career website for telecommuting, flexible, freelance, and part-time job listings. Sara founded FlexJobs in 2007 while she was pregnant with her first son in response to her own frustrating experience searching for flexible work that would fit with her life and growing family. Today, Sara and FlexJobs are dedicated to providing job seekers an easy-to-use, safe, scam and ad-free website for finding flexible work arrangements. Her expertise in the online job market has been quoted by CNN, MTV News, NPR’s Marketplace Money, Fortune, Mashable, the Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes.com, Working Mother, and many other sources. Having worked in the world of online job searching since 1995, Sara is an advocate for flexible workplaces and work-life balance, and she and the entire FlexJobs team telecommute from their home offices and work flexible schedules year-round. Follow Sara and FlexJobs on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

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