It is fairly common practice to have a phone interview as the first step in the hunt for getting a job in Nova Scotia, particularly if you are based outside Canada. When we were moving to Nova Scotia, Rich had a few phone interviews with a large Accounting firm and based on his phone interviews, he was offered a full time position with a start date exactly one week after we landed here.
Based on Richard’s phone interview success, I’ve managed to pin him down to work through the top tips to help you avoid common mistakes that could potentially jeopardize your Nova Scotia job search.
1. Preparation: You can never be too prepared for an interview. Who will be calling you? What is their position within the company? What do you know about the company and the job? Do your research.
2. Choose your time: Arrange for a specific time for the phone interview to allow you time to properly prepare. Bear in mind the time difference. Nova Scotia is in the Atlantic Time Zone in Canada, which is 4 hours behind GMT. Avoid taking an unscheduled call, unless you are good at “winging it”.
3. Use a landline: If your cell phone drops the call halfway through the conversation, you can probably say goodbye to the opportunity. If it’s not possible to use a landline, choose an area where your cellphone service is reliable. Also ensure your cell phone is fully charged.
4. Silence is golden: Don’t worry if the caller pauses from time to time. They may be taking notes related to your conversation. Try not to talk just for the sake of simply hearing your own voice. Be patient and wait for the caller to resume the interview.
5. Location matters: Avoid anything that shouts “unprofessional.” That means blaring televisions, screaming kids, barking dogs or beeping microwaves. First impressions count so speak in a quiet location where you will not be disturbed or distracted.
6. Watch your body language: Actions speak louder than words, so watch your posture, be alert, attentive and positive. Even if the interviewer can’t see you, your demeanor and attitude will reflect in your tone of voice, so keep a smile on your face.
7. Speak clearly: Your voice should reflect your smile and enthusiasm. Make an effort to speak slowly. Often our British accents will come through much stronger on the phone, so take that into account.
8. Prepare your questions: Prepare a list of questions that demonstrate your interest in the job. Consider all aspects, not just salary, benefits and prospects, but how you can contribute to the growth of the company and benefit the team as a whole.
9. Be professional: This is an interview, not a chat. Avoid being too over familiar (which can often be difficult here in Nova Scotia) speak professionally and confidently.
10. Finish on a positive note: Thank the caller for their time, reiterate your interest in the position and be glad that you made a positive impression.
Hope this helps in your search for a suitable job in Nova Scotia. As always, feel free to contact us.
Jane and Richard
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