Preparing for a telephone interview

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Prepare for the loss of body language.

During a telephone interview, you lose all ability to communicate using body language and eye contact, which can make it more difficult to determine the reaction of your interviewer. It can also limit your tone and make you sound less enthusiastic about the job role as they can’t see your expressions. In order to push past this obstacle, you need to consider your tone of voice and ensure you are speaking clearly and confidently to show your capability and interest in the company.telephone-call-220x300

Beware of talking over each other

It’s going to be difficult to determine when the person on the other end of the line finishes their sentence as you’re less able to connect with them over the phone. Ensure you leave a couple of seconds gap before you answer just so you know they’re definitely finished with their question/sentence.

Have some notes or your CV to hand.

No, that doesn’t mean write a 3 paragraph answer to every single question they could possibly ask you so you’re scuffling through endless pages. Write a few notes on a range of the most common questions, e.g. they may ask you why you would like to work for them, in which case you should look on their website to find out more about them as a company and what they do specifically. Or, as mentioned you may want to keep your CV by your side in case they would like to hear of your skills/ qualifications etc.download

Stand in a place with decent signal

If you’re expecting a call, there’s nothing worse than realising you have 0 signal and starting to panic because this could be the most important call of your life so far. Beforehand, make sure you know a place where you get a good, strong signal or ask them to call you on a landline so it doesn’t drop.

Stay away from distractions.

Regardless of where you have decided to take the call – your living room, or even hiding in the toilet at work (although, maybe not if you haven’t even got the new job yet…) ensure you’re away from all distractions. Turn the TV off, ask someone to take care of the kids for half an hour as you don’t want to sound like you’re not fussed about the job. Finally, make sure you’re in a quiet place where they can hear you at all times.download-1

Seems simple, right? It’s always daunting having a telephone interview, sometimes even more nerve-wrecking than the real thing! But not to worry, carry yourself with confidence and follow these top tips to ensure a smooth and successful telephone interview.

Protect your Business

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Businesses are just as vulnerable to identity fraud as individuals. This could be anything from supplying a fake or false registered company with products or supplies who then disappear when the bills arrive, to discovering that someone has ‘hijacked’ your business and has been securing credit, goods and services in your good name. Continue reading

Why I started to have more ‘me time’.

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In this day and age, we have an urge to constantly be busy, putting our energy in to something useful otherwise we feel we won’t achieve anything. To some extent it’s true – non-stop pushing yourself may give some measure of success. Making yourself the top priority is hard when you have seemingly endless to-do list of chores, answering emails, taking care of kids, seeing family, work priorities… busy, busy, busy.

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In most cases, working yourself too hard for large periods of time will impact on you negatively. Stress combined with the inability to just sit and enjoy our own company can lead to serious health risks and potentially even psychological effects. Health risks can include things like heart attacks, strokes, asthma, obesity, headaches, even premature deaths. Mentally, you may experience mental fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, confusion, depression and increased irritability. It’s important to get your head down for a good night’s rest and equally important to give yourself some time out.

With the on-the-go, busy lifestyle, it can almost go unnoticed that you’ve forgotten about yourself. But, with these 3 reasons to schedule yourself some ‘me time’, you’ll realise the benefits and hopefully start giving yourself some of that all-important alone time.

  1. It will recharge your mind and body.

Is all of this stressful work causing you to feel increasingly tired? You need a break from the same old mundane tasks and stress. When you’re feeling a little sluggish all you need to do is give yourself some time to recharge yourself. Your ‘me time’ can be spent doing anything you wish, whether it’s reading a book, getting your nails done or even a little bit of retail therapy. Slowing down and allowing your body to recharge will increase your productivity as you won’t be so stressed all the time.

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  1. It allows better focus.

Relaxing is the best way to regain focus. Giving yourself a break from your work allows your mind to process the information and rejuvenate; ready for work again the next day with a clear mind. People are so focused on being focused that they forget all the stress they’re trying to juggle is actually impacting on their focus. Focusing on you in the present will enable your future self to concentrate even better on tasks/ projects.

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  1. You’ll love discovering yourself.

‘Me time’ allows you to find something to set your mind on, through spending more time with yourself you’re bound to find out things that you didn’t know before. Whether it’s a creative hobby you’d never tried before, a new skill or just a nice stress-free activity, it allows you to embrace your creative side and feel a sense of accomplishment.

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When you treat yourself well, it has a positive influence on everything you do. You’ll feel more at one with yourself, you might even know yourself 10 x better than before. But how do you know until you try?

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