Telephones/cell phones are a vital source of communication. When applying for an internship or permanent position, the way you conduct yourself on the phone may be a key factor in a future employer's decision to hire you. Employers view a person's ability to communicate effectively over the phone a direct reflection of their ability to conduct business for their organization.
- When you make a call, identify yourself ("Hello. My name is Sue Smith"), and tell them the basic nature of your call ("I am an applicant for the seed sales position available with your organization").
- Be prepared to leave a message on a voicemail or with a receptionist or secretary. Speak slowly and clearly, spell out your name and repeat your phone number.
- Answer and return phone calls from employers promptly.
- Your voice mail or answering machine should have a personal and professional message. It should not have any music, slag or inappropriate language.
- Don't put an employer on hold to take another call
- Speak to employers in a quiet environment free from distractions, interruptions and background noise.
- During an interview, shut your phone off.