Giving good phone - Part one

More and more job recruiting begins with a phone interview. The good news is that you don't need a fancy tie (see yesterday's post.) But there are some tips that can help you nail the interview. Remember, these tend to be screening interviews, so if you don't make the cut, you might not get another chance.

First of all, without body language to interpret, phone conversations can be dull. So you've got to make up with that with animated tone. "Smile," suggests Sharon Givier, director of Career Services of Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa. "Even if your face is not visible, your enthusiasm is carried through your voice."

"Sit up straight or stand during the call" is the advice from Karen Evans, director of career development at Albright College in Reading. You may even consider putting on interview clothes -- OK, maybe the tie does matter.

Because you can't embellish your examples with gestures, keep examples short, advises Dwayne Keiffer, assistant director of career services at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa. "When you come up with examples, make sure they are no longer than about a minute and 30 seconds."

More on this tomorrow (probably).