As an interview preparation expert and career coach I leverage my skills and experience as a recruiter, human resource professional, and Student of Life to guide clients in their interview preparation. Related: Information You Must Have Before Your Interview I have a day job as a corporate recruiter and I conducted around 3,000 phone interviews for a number of different and diverse companies in 2010. Each day, I witness job seekers make serious errors in how they market their skills and present themselves as individuals during phone interviews--errors which knock them out of the recruitment process! Sadly for them, with proper preparation these errors could have been easily avoided. This is good news for you! I attribute the short comings I see in job seekers as a Corporate Recruiter to a fundamental misunderstanding of: the value of a phone interview; hiring manager expectations in increasingly crowded talent pools; and the skills needed to identify and market individual, unique skills and experience. That’s where I can help. I help my clients understand what a Phone Interview truly is and how valuable it could be if approached correctly. After spending well over 700 hours (and counting) conducting phone interviews, it is clear: A huge gap exist between the effort candidates put into preparing for their Phone Interview in relation to the career goal being sought--a job! Interview preparation isn’t difficult and, with the right tools, doesn’t have to take too much time. My unique position as a Recruiter, interacting with both candidates and hiring managers, has positioned me as a leader in the area of interview preparation. From my experience and observation, I have developed the REACH method of preparation for phone and face-to-face interviews. REACH is the key to closing the gap between you and the job you want! REACH is so simple and easy to follow and it takes very little time to work through the five steps:

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The reality is, a Phone Interview is one of the most important steps in the recruitment process for almost every position available in today’s crowded job market. More and more people are looking for work which means the volume of applicants for most positions has simply become too large for one person to handle. So, Hiring Managers are relying on HR Professionals and Recruiters to cut this volume down to size through Phone Interviewing--so only those A-level candidates get the Hiring Managers attention. In other words, Hiring Managers are too busy to deviate from their core responsibilities to screen every candidate who might apply to every position they may have open under them. So, they put their trust in HR Professionals and Recruiters to find the best candidates from the high volume applications received. It's like auditioning for a play -- everyone who is interested can try out, but on opening night, the audience will only see those who preformed the best at the auditions. Like the audience, the Hiring Manager wants to be impressed when the “actors take the stage.” So, if you make mistakes or fail to perform well at the Phone Interview Stage of the process your big break could be in jeopardy. You have to treat the Phone Interview seriously and ensure you are prepared. Here is why:

1. Although, the Phone Interviewer cannot give you the job, they can take it away from you.

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Lee Gibson

Lee Gibson | CAREEREALISM-Approved Career ExpertName: Lee Gibson Twitter: @intravance LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/gibsonlee Personal Website/Blog: www.intravance.com Bio: As an Interview Preparation Expert and Career Coach, working with entry-level professionals and those in transition, Lee Gibson leverages his skills and experience as a Recruiter, Human Resource Professional, and Student of Life to guide clients in interview preparation. Lee has a day job as a Corporate Recruiter—with a company which works with 70% of the Fortune Five Hundred—and in 2010 he conducted around 3,000 Phone Interviews for a number of diverse companies. Lee’s unique position as a Recruiter, interacting with both candidates and hiring managers, has positioned him as a leader in the area of interview preparation. From his experience and observation, he developed the REACH method of preparation for phone and face-to-face interviews. What's your favorite career related quote? "As tough as wanting something may be, the ones who suffer the most are those who don't know what they want." (Unknown) What’s your favorite part about being a CAREEREALISM-Approved Career Expert? As an Interview Preparation Expert, I am here to help. I seek to help my clients understand what a Phone Interview truly is and how valuable it could be if approached correctly. By partnering with CAREEREALISM, I am able to do that on a larger stage and reach those in need of help faster. Articles written by this expert: 5 Steps to an Excellent Interview 3 Reasons to Avoid Making Phone Interview Mistakes