Though interviews can be stressful for most job seekers, following up after interviews can often be the most nerve-racking aspect. With so much job-related communication being done online, job seekers of today’s world tend to forget that following up with employers on the phone is an important part of the hiring process. Verbally following up by phone represents a strong interest in the position, as well as puts you on an employer’s radar after your interview is completed. If speaking on the phone makes you nervous, here are some key tips to follow.
Create a Script
Writing down what you want to say before making a phone call can help you significantly. First, it will help you organize your thoughts, so you don’t forget to state your key points. Second, it will help to guide your conversation, so you don’t stumble on your words and get off track. By writing down what you’d like to say ahead of time, you’ll feel more confident and prepared to address everything you’d like to discuss with the hiring manager. In terms of following up after an interview, you’ll want to express appreciation for the opportunity and reiterate why you believe you’re a fit for the position.
Rehearse the Conversation Verbally
Rather than go through the conversation in your mind, practice verbally saying everything you’d like to say. Running through a practice call with a close friend or family member will help release you of your nerves and feel more comfortable speaking over the phone. It will also get you in the mode of verbally talking to someone, rather than just running through everything in your mind. Once you’ve practiced with someone, you’ll feel more prepared to speak with hiring managers, even during your most nervous moments.
Practice Public Speaking
To master the art of talking on the phone, it’s best to improve your public speaking skills. Taking advantage of opportunities to network and speak in front of others will help you get used to conveying your thoughts and verbally articulating your messages. The more comfortable you become speaking with others, the easier it will be to speak with ease and clarity on the phone with a hiring manager.
Over time, putting the tips above into action will make phone calls a breeze! Most importantly, this skill will help you build professionalism, which will benefit you in all aspects of your career.
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