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  • September 28, 2012

How to prepare for a telephone interview: ‘Develop an Interview Cheat Sheet’

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At Oracle we often do telephone interviews in different
stages of the process with candidates, due to the fact that we hire native
speakers into other countries. On this blog we already have an article with
tips and tricks for phone interviews
that can help you during the telephone
interviews.

To help you prepare even better for a telephone interview we
would like to introduce you the basics of developing a cheat sheet. The benefit
of a telephone interview is that you will be sitting at home, at your table or
desk, during the interview, and not in front of someone. So use this to your
advantage.

The Monster website has some useful and interesting tips and
tricks for developing a cheat sheet. Carole Martin, who wrote this article,
says that a cheat sheet will help you feel more prepared and confident when
speaking to managers over the phone. Important to keep in mind is that you
shouldn't memorise what's on the sheet or check it off during the interview.
Only use your cheat sheet to remind you of key facts.

Here are some suggestions
to include on it:

Divide a
piece of paper in 2 by drawing a line.
Write on one side of the paper a list of
requirements as mentioned in the job description. On the other side list your
qualities to fulfill the requirements of the employer. This will help you in
answering questions about why you are the best candidate for the job and how
you fit the role.

Do research on the company, the industry sector and the competitors, so you will
get a feeling for the company’s business and can ask more in-depth questions.

Be
prepared for the most used introduction question
: “Tell me a bit about
yourself”. Prepare a 60-second personal statement or pitch in which you
summarise who you are and what you can offer, so you will be able to sell
yourself from on the very beginning.

Write
down a minimum of 5 good examples
to answer behavioral interview questions
("Tell me about a time when..." or "Give me an example of a
time..." ). These questions are used by interviewers to see how you deal
with similar situations as you might encounter in the job. Interviewers use
this question as past behaviour is scientifically proven to be the best predictor
for future behaviour.

List five
questions
to ask the interviewer about the job, the company and the industry to
help you get a good understanding if the role and company really fit your needs
and wants. To get some inspiration check this article on inc.com

Find out
how much you are worth
on the job market and determine your needs based on your
living expenses, especially when moving abroad.

Ask for
permission
from the people you plan to use as a reference. Also make sure you
have your CV at hand and an overview of your grades.

Feel free to comment on this article and let us know what
your experience is with developing a cheat sheet for a telephone interview.
Good luck with the preparation of your sheet.

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Comments ( 5 )
  • Djam Monday, October 1, 2012

    How do you find out "how much you are worth on the job market" ?


  • helloworld Monday, April 8, 2013

    very useful article and very nice links thanks.


  • Di Lei Wednesday, August 6, 2014

    Very useful link. It is a good resource for preparing my phone interview


  • Manos Abou Chabke Wednesday, August 6, 2014

    Very good article and i believe its a must to read before any interview. however its very nice from Oracle to include it in their main website. makes me feel all that i need is found from 1 source.


  • guest Wednesday, August 6, 2014

    Very good article and i believe its a must to read before any interview. however its very nice from Oracle to include it in their main website. makes me feel all that i need is found from 1 source.


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