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Though they are very similar to in-person job interviews, phone interviews possess a unique set of difficulties and challenges. Generally, the phone interview is the first extended conversation with a prospective employer. Many people rely heavily on eye contact, facial movements, and body language to express themselves, and these actions are lost in phone interviews. It can be difficult to make an impression with only speech, but by preparing properly, you can set yourself up for success. One of the best ways to prepare is to plan ahead and think of answers to questions the interviewer may ask.

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1. Background Questions

Many interviews, phone or in-person, begin with questions about past job experiences, which usually include information regarding previous responsibilities. Primarily, having the information on hand with former employers’ phone numbers, addresses, and supervisor names demonstrates preparedness. Interviewers will usually find it unprofessional if a job applicant spends several minutes trying to find the necessary information. If the interviewer asks about experience or responsibilities, consider not only credentials and training but soft skills as well. Broad examples of soft skills for jobs are communication, creativity, work ethic, and adaptability.

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