When contacted by a company for a job opportunity, it’s likely that before you are invited for an in-person interview, you need to complete a phone interview.
Now this may seem pretty easy – you get to sit at home and simply talk on the phone without having to deal with the added stress surrounding an in-person meeting. You know what I mean – it seems much easier since you don’t have to worry about your body language and attire.
The thing is though – what you choose to wear can influence your performance during a phone interview.
Think about how you feel when you’re at home in your pajamas. As soon as you put them on you feel cozy, relaxed and maybe even a bit sleepy.
Now, compare this feeling to when you’re in a suit or just a really great work outfit. You put it on and you feel confident, empowered and ready to conquer the day ahead of you.
Completely different feelings, right? Now, how would you rather feel during a phone interview? Cozy and sleepy or confident and empowered?
Here’s why you should dress up for your next phone interview:
You’ll be in the right mindset
There’s a reason why as soon as we get home from work we like to change into our cozy clothes or am I the only one that does that? By changing, our mind immediately shifts from work to relaxation. If you don’t wear work clothes for your phone interview, it will be much more difficult to get yourself in the right frame of mind to present yourself in a professional manner.
It will improve your voice and language
Once you’re in the right mindset, you’ll notice a difference in your voice and language with your body language included. With a nice outfit on, you’ll find yourself sitting up straighter as you confidently explain your strengths.
So, what exactly should you wear during a phone interview? Here’s one of the outfits I showcase in my Interview Outfit Formulas e-Book:
This outfit is not only easy to throw on but will instantly help you exude confidence both in-person and over the phone. There’s something about wearing a blazer (especially a coloured one!) that just takes our professionalism to the next level.
Have you ever dressed up for a phone interview?
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