Sarah Palin is getting bashed again – this time for writing cheat notes on her hand during her interview at the National Tea Party shindig.
An argument can be made that she should be able to remember three key points of her platform, but whether you agree with that or not, you – in your job search – should follow her example, particularly when it comes to the telephone interview.
A simple way to make sure you perform well at the telephone interview is to clear your desk of everything except CHEAT SHEETS. I do quite a few telephone interviews on Job Transition and Marketing Topics. Before the interview, I prepare a number of key talking points related to what might come up and what I want to say. I write those points in LARGE FONT in PowerPoint, print them off, lay them on my desk (which has nothing else on it) and regularly refer to them.
Listen to a radio interview I did on the 8 SHEIFGAB Building Blocks to Successful Job Transition. I had my notes in front of me.
For you, in job search, figure out your key talking points, print them off and have them in front of you during the telephone interview. If you are making a sales call, (hey, that's what a job interview is,) do something similar.
So, love her or hate her, you can learn from Sarah Palin!
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He is Co-host JobTalk on Chicago local radio and board member Community Career Center, Naperville.