Tips To Ace Your Phone Interview

Tips To Ace Your Phone Interview

Similar to an in-person interview, a phone interview requires proper preparation to ensure you bring your best. Many times, candidates view a phone interview as a lot less formal and may not take it as seriously as if they were in person. These conversations are the gateway to an in-person interview and possibly landing that job, so it’s equally as important. Here are some tips to help prepare you for any phone interviews in your future.

Research

Familiarize yourself as much as possible with the company. Go through their website, mission statement, blog, and social media. Having a general sense about the work environment will benefit you, and may even impress the interviewer with your company knowledge.

Location

Find a quiet location with limited potential for interruptions, and make sure this spot has good reception. Avoid somewhere that you can be easily distracted, such as in the living room with the television on, or in a crowded area.

Come Prepared

In front of you during your interview you should have your resume, cover letter, and job description. You may need to refer to information from these documents so keep them handy. Have your questions you prepared to ask the interviewer ready to go.

Dress the Part

It may sound over the top since it is a phone interview, but being dressed in the right attire can put you in a professional mindset. This doesn’t mean getting into a well-pressed business suit, but getting out of your pajamas and into some day clothes can help motivate your desire to tackle this interview.

Good Conversation

Since this is a phone interview, it depends solely on how you communicate. Ensure that you speak clearly, have good communication, and show enthusiasm. Avoid mumbling and try to talk directly into the phone. Try to make conversation that flows easily, you can do this by avoiding interruption or using one word answers. Show enthusiasm when you speak. The interviewer is looking for a qualified person that is excited for this position and wants to work for their company, so express that with the words and your tone.

What’s Next?

Before hanging up the phone, remember to ask about the next steps. Even if an in person interview isn’t schedule that at time, it will help manage your expectations. Be sure to follow up with a thank you message to your interviewer for taking the time to chat.

All Star Success Stories – Zachary Kissler

All Star Success Stories – Zachary Kissler

Being a true All Star employee means going above and beyond the standard job requirements. Showing up early, trying new jobs, open to working new shifts, asking what more you can do when the tasks are completed and simply having a great attitude. Zachary Kissler from our Bend office exemplifies these “ideal employee” traits.

Zachary initially heard of All Star through a specific Craigslist job posting, and has worked in a wide variety of job industries wherever he is needed. He started out doing masonry work where he’s learning a lot of new skills, and he’s also done events, irrigation, and arbor work. He says that he enjoys working with All Star Labor & Staffing because it has been a solid, reliable source of income for him when needed.

Our Bend office has had the pleasure of employing Zack, this is what they had to say about their experience: “Great working with Zack. Very reliable, very willing to try new jobs and skills.”

Team Building Activities Everyone Will Enjoy

Team Building Activities Everyone Will Enjoy

Noticing a certain damper around the workplace or a drop in moral? Well then, it may be time to plan your teams’ next team building activity! These exercises are a great way to encourage team building, open communication and overall have fun. So whether you are a company of a thousand employees or just ten, here are some great team bonding activity ideas sure to spark some fun in almost any employee.

Potluck

Have your employees show off their culinary skills (or store bought) by preparing a small dish to bring to a company potluck. Then, set aside an afternoon to enjoy a homemade meal together.

Community Service

Around every community there are those who are less fortunate and in need. Pick a deserving cause and come together whenever time allows to give back locally.

Scavenger Hunt

This classic game is always a good go-to team bonding activity. Create a list of items to be located either around the workplace or in a designated area elsewhere. Divide employees into teams and challenge them to locate all the items on the list and document them by taking pictures.

Office Trivia

This is an easy and inexpensive activity to test your team members knowledge and entice a little competition. Come up with a series of questions related to the company and workplace. Depending on size of company, this could be a team or individual competition, but pick a fun prize for the winner(s).

Escape Room

These challenging scenarios require a lot of team work, problem solving ability and good communication among coworkers. Rooms are furnished by theme and participants are locked in the room and must figure out a series puzzles to find the hidden key and escape.

Two Truths and a Lie

Give every employee a sheet of paper and have them come up with two truths about themselves and one lie. Then, have everyone else try to figure out which of the facts are true and which is the lie.

Painting Class

Do some research around your area to find where painting classes are offered. These classes are great for expressing creativity, as well a,s igniting a little competition all while having fun.

Some other great activates to do with your team outside of the workplace can be: bowling, trampoline park, laser tag, go karting, mini golf, kayaking/canoeing, sports game, something touristy, explore a new place, and so many other fun things.

So now that you have a few ideas for your company’s next get together, start planning it out and get your team exited! An investment in your employee’s happiness is one of the greatest investments you can make as a leader.