If you don’t send thank you notes after your phone interview, you are missing a major opportunity.
In the video below, I will tell you how many people send thank you notes and how yours can help you set yourself apart from the other candidates in a BIG way.
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Stumped on what your thank you note should say? Check out my blog post that tells you exactly what you should write: Phone Interview Tips – #34.
See my entire series on Phone Interviews – Phone Interviews: The 37 Most Essential and Extraordinary Tips That Will Get You To the Face-to-Face.
If you don’t sound like you have confidence in yourself and your ability to perform in this medical sales role, the interviewer won’t have confidence in you, either–and you won’t get the job. If you are new to medical sales, or you are transitioning to an area you haven’t sold in before (say, pharmaceutical to medical device sales or other health care sales category), any underlying doubts you might have could easily slip into your voice and kill your chances of getting to the face to face.
In the video below, I will give you 2 of my best tips for boosting your confidence and ensuring you have a great phone interview. Click the video to watch.
For a few more confidence-boosting tips, see my blog article on this topic: Phone Interviews Tip #5.
If you need additional tips for any other part of your phone interview (preparation, interview questions, following up, etc.), I have an entire blog series you need to see: Phone Interviews: The 37 Most Essential and Extraordinary Tips That Will Get You To the Face-to-Face.
What’s a cheat sheet? It’s just the notes you need in front of you for your interview. Phone interviews offer a big advantage over face-to-face interviews because since they can’t see you, you can have all the notes, or ‘cheat sheets’, that you want.
For a great phone interview, you are going to need MORE than just your resume in front of you!
In the video below, I will tell you what kind of cheat sheets will help you the most. Click the video to watch.
If you’d like more information about this topic, see my blog article: Phone Interview Tips #7.
If you need other great phone interview tips, see my entire article series: Phone Interviews: The 37 Most Essential and Extraordinary Tips That Will Get You To the Face-to-Face.
The purpose of following up after any medical sales interview is to get you to the next step. In a face-to-face interview, that next step is a second interview or a job offer. In a phone interview, the next step is the face-to-face interview. How and when you follow up after the phone interview is critically important to your ultimate success.
In the video below, I will tell you how to follow up after a phone interview:
- Who you should follow up with (not just the interviewer)
- When you should follow up (timing is everything)
- What your note should say (I give you suggestions for wording)
- How to finish your note so that you have the best chance of continuing the conversation
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For more detailed information, please see my blog post: Phone Interview Tip 26 – How to Follow Up
Your phone interview can be ruined before you even start it–just by WHEN you choose to schedule the call.
In the short video below, I will give you a heads up on what the most common problems are that candidates run into over the timing of their phone interviews.
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For more information on this topic, see my blog article Phone Interview Tips #2.
Check out my entire Phone Interview Tips Series for everything you need to know about acing your phone interview. It’s 37 of the most valuable phone interview tips you’ll ever read.
How do you guarantee that you’ll do well enough in the phone interview to get to the face-to-face? One way is to research your interviewer and find out as much as you can before they start asking you questions.
The more you know about that person and their role in this process, the better you can tailor your answers to interview questions so that they’re especially impressive.
Click the video below to watch and find out:
- What to say when you are setting up the phone interview
- What to do before your phone call to find out as much as you can
- What to ask when they say, “Do you have any questions before we get started?”
If you’d like more information, please read my entire blog post about how to research the interviewer before phone interviews: Phone Interview Tips – #8 It’s part of an entire blog article series of Phone Interview Tips.
Best telephone interview tips
Before you get to go to the face-to-face interview, you’ll probably have to go through a cheaper, easier (for them) phone interview to prove you are worth the time, trouble and expense of a longer conversation. Here are the top phone interview tips to make sure you get your chance to prove your worth in person.
1. Concentrate on your voice. Sound confident, express yourself clearly and think about sounding like someone who looks and acts professional. Without body language, professional attire and your physical demeanor, the interviewer only has your voice to judge you by and how you handle yourself verbally.
2. Have all of your notes in front of you. You should always have your resume, cover letters, names of references, and key points you want to add right there at your disposal.
3. Prepare for interview questions. Know what kind of questions you will be asked in this short format interview before they call. Remember, this is not the same as a face-to-face interview and the questions are likely going to be more general. They are probably looking at your resume as they speak to you and verifying the information through questions like, “Tell me a little about your experience.”
4. Watch your language. Avoid using sarcasm or making jokes in which your body language and facial expressions are required. They cannot see you and what may seem funny to you with your quizzical expression may not go over well at all with the person who cannot see you on the other end of the line.
5. Stand up while you talk. Your posture and movement will affect your enthusiasm and your voice will project better.
6. Focus on the interview. Don’t busy yourself with other things in your environment. Just because they can’t see you doesn’t mean they won’t be able to tell you’re distracted.
7. Use a landline to avoid having any issues with poor reception. If you have to use a cell phone, be sure the phone interview is set up for a time when you know you will have access to a quiet place that is guaranteed to have a good signal. There should be minimal distractions and outside noise such as barking dogs, nearby construction or the beeping of car horns.
8. Never use your speakerphone. We often talk on speakerphone to keep our hands free to drive or do other things. This level of distraction is not what you need during an interview that is your gateway to a face-to-face meeting with a hiring manager.
9. Don’t get too chatty or talk yourself in circles. The interviewer is likely taking notes as you speak and may not be focusing on responding to all your points. These silent moments are not your cue to continue babbling on. Be comfortable with the silent moments and allow the interviewer to make the next move after you have finished answering the question completely but concisely.
10. Ask for the next step, just like you would in a face-to-face. When the interview is wrapping up, let them know what times and dates you are available for a face-to-face interview. You will be able to get an immediate impression about how you stand at the end of the phone interview if you ask this. It commits them to deciding if they want to proceed with the process or not and will give you idea about how they felt about the conversation.
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