Your phone interview needs to be almost perfect on your part. The virtual assistant industry is highly competitive right now, especially with corporations starting to look overseas for cheaper, faster freelancers. It’s up to you to make sure that you avoid being late for that interview with a potential client.
Below are some suggestions that you can possibly use to be prepared and be early. These would apply not only for phone interviews, but also webinars, conference calls, and seminars. Let’s take them one at a time.
Avoid Being Late for Your Phone Interview
Prepare the night before.
One way to get ready both mentally and physically is to do things ahead of time, right? A good time to do this is the night before. Draw up a checklist of things that you want to have for the meeting and cross them off as you do them.
Get plenty of rest. For some of us, it’s human nature to go to bed and lay there thinking through everything you want to say the next day. Do the mental rehearsing before you go to bed. In this way, you can have a good night’s sleep and feel refreshed the next morning.
Be prepared ahead of time.
If you have a headset, have it hooked up and ready to go. Print out whatever your need for the meeting – presentations, resumes, etc. Have a notepad for notes and at least two pens. I have been in a meeting, only to find that my pen ran out of ink. Shucks! Invariably, there wasn’t one available in the drawer next to me. Then I had to pull up Word in a hurry and start typing my notes and switch back and forth to something else on my desktop that I may have needed.
Start the day out relaxed and on schedule.
Now I know that’s not an easy task when you have kids to get off to school or your husband off to work; however, the benefits of starting relaxed for your phone interview is that you’ll stay relaxed. Things will flow much easier. Once you get behind, it seems like you can never catch up to where you should be.
Do your research ahead of time.
It’s so easy to use the Internet to research whether or not your client has a company website, a blog, or participates in chat or forum rooms. You will also be able to determine whether or not they are members of social network sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and others. All of this information should be put in a folder after you take the time to do some reading on them so you can gain an insight into your client. Don’t wait until half an hour before the interview; you will be late and sound totally unprepared.
Do your homework, mental preparation, and physical preparation ahead of time so you can avoid being late to your phone interview. You want to shine like the sun and show that you can be organized — not sound harried, rushed, and totally unprepared.
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Let’s take a brief run through again what I’m suggesting so that you are not late to a phone interview. Early preparation was the first tip I suggested, with my recommending that you create an atmosphere that will allow you to feel in control of things and relaxed. Get a good night’s sleep the night before and have everything you need laid out ready for that all important meeting with your potential client. Check out any references to your client and/or their company on the Internet. The early bird can get the worm. Remember that when you’re looking to get that all-important next client.
Pam Lokker is a master writer and a virtual assistant professional who enjoys writing. While we are not currently taking on new clients, Borlok Virtual Assistants, LLC has been the place to get global expert VA services with quality and on-time delivery for many years.
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