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What Suggestions Do you Have for a Phone Interview?

ESS Candidate Newsletter – December 2019

Columbus, OH December 01, 2019

In this month’s, ask the recruiter, we discuss how you can make a phone interview better.

Introduction – Aaron Wandtke
Sampling of Positions Filled in the last 30 days
Ask the Recruiter “What suggestions do you have for a phone interview?”


Can you believe it is already December? It seems that 2019 has flown by and what a busy year it has been. We were named to the Forbes List of top 250 firms across all industries for the third year in a row.  Modern Healthcare Magazine named us as one of the top 25 recruiting firms in the nation.

Columbus Business First named us “One of the Best Places to Work in Central Ohio” and we remain one of only seven nationally accredited firms from the National Association of Personnel Services.  We could not have any of our success without having an incredible internal team as well as excellent companies to recruit for and outstanding people to work with, so thank you. Thank you for trusting us and helping us have one of our best years yet!

We have a number of new initiatives starting in 2020, and we cannot wait to share them with you.  Until then, we encourage you to take a moment to review your year and update your resume accordingly.  What new responsibilities did you assume?  What goals or projects did you manage and how did they save time or money?  Spending 30 minutes to update your resume now will save you time and help you to avoid leaving off relevant accomplishments when the time comes to present your resume to a potential employer.  If there is anything, we can do to help you in the process, please let me know.

From our entire ESS family – we hope you have a great holiday season and a very happy new year!

Ask the Recruiter – “What suggestions do you have for a phone interview?

Phone interviews have grown in popularity over the years for obvious reasons.  The key to successful phone interviews is preparation and having a plan.  Below are some simple suggestions to help the next time you have a phone interview:

1. Stand up Did you know that oxygen and blood flow improves when standing? Your diaphragm constricts when you sit and talk.  The sound of your voice changes when you stand versus when you sit.  You will sound much better when you stand and your chest is open versus sitting and hunching over.

2. Smile People who smile receive more smiles than people who do not smile. Simple, right?  Try it on the next phone interview and see if you can feel a smile from the other person.  A smile is agreement and approval and that is exactly what you want from a phone interview.

3. Look in a mirror Try speaking on the phone while looking in the mirror. Two things will happen.  First, you will sound more confident and second you will articulate your words better.

4. Cheat sheets When people interview in person, they often leave frustrated because they forgot to mention an example from their past. On a phone interview, you can have all of your notes, your resume and examples of your work open and in front of you.  Use these tools to ensure that there are no long pauses while you try to think of an example.

If you would like other suggestions on how to prepare for a phone interview, please give me a call.  If you need help regarding other stages of the interview process, let me know as I can help with those too.

I can be reached at 614-885-8490 or by e-mail at