Why You Should Get A Haircut For A Phone Interview

Why You Should Get A Haircut For A Phone InterviewA reader named John recently shared this tip with us.
Telephone interviews can feel a little strange sometimes.
Especially if you’re slouching around in your jeans and t-shirt. The collision of two different worlds can sometimes make it difficult to feel comfortable.
So something a lot of folks do – to get into the right mindset and improve their confidence – is, they’ll dress up as if they were going to a “real” interview.

It’s an easy way to give yourself an edge.
(Most other candidates don’t do this for telephone interviews.)
Now, chances are you’ve heard this tip before.
However, John took it a step further.
For his recent telephone interview (he landed the job, by the way) he went through the following steps to prepare and get himself into the “zone”:
-- a few days before the interview, he took himself to the barbershop
(And, no, it wasn’t a video interview. It was purely for mindset reasons.)
-- he took his suit to the dry cleaners
-- he cleared out his home office and made it look as “corporate” as possible
-- on the day of the interview, he put some magazines out on his kitchen table and turned it into a “lobby”, and he sat out there until five minutes before the call
-- five minutes before the scheduled interview, he walked into his office, took a seat, and got comfortable while he waited for them to call.
When the phone rang, he felt focused, confident, and in the zone.
And the interview was a resounding success.
Why go through all this trouble, though?
Well, as John put it:
“With this much at stake, I wanted to give myself every advantage. It worked.”
Tips like this are helpful. They can make all the difference.
But don’t lose sight of the basics.
A telephone interview is still an interview. You need to prepare a set of “go to” answers, just like you would for a regular interview – that way, interviewers won’t be able to catch you out with a curveball or “meat clever” question.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.