Thursday, 18 December 2008

Phone Interviews!!

So, I'm happy to say I've survived my first phone interview. It was with Arcadia and it was very fast and i felt i didn't have time to think, but apparently i passed and am through to the next stage of interviewing.
Now i was semi-prepared for the interview but did just want to get it over and done with so when i got an email asking me to phone them for the interview i think i waited a whole half an hour before i thought I'd just get on with it!
To be prepared for a phone interview i would suggest the following:
  • Make sure you have a full and good understanding of the job role, what you think you will have to do and what other departments you will have to work with.
  • Sound ambitious, when they ask you where you want to be in five years time try and make it sound interesting and exciting.
  • Be prepared for awkward questions, for example I have on my CV that i have experience in PR and was asked why I didn't want to do that, don't be afraid to say you didn't like it!
  • Don't think for too long, the whole point is that they can get the gist of who you are from your natural responses.
  • Be polite!!!

Some of those may sound obvious but that's what i learnt from it.

I am just about to finish my first term of my final year, Xmas!!! :) But i am aware that i need to start properly applying for jobs if i want some chance of employment when i graduate, and this phone interview was in a way a boost. Applying for jobs is not like applying for work experience i have realised! People are willing to properly hire you and they need you and actually get back in touch with you!

Hopefully the new year will offer me some promising opportunities.

Merry Christmas all, and all the best for 2009.

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