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How to approach phone interviews – our thoughts

Phone interviews are very common in finding a job today. Here are our thoughts on how to improve your phone interview technique.
Spoiler alert – the preparation is exactly the same, there are no shortcuts
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Good afternoon! Justin O’Keeffe from Talent Force Recruitments, on our mission to help parents repivot, relaunch their careers and to get back into the workforce.

So, what we’d like to talk about today is the question of location, or ‘Location, location, location’ as the TV program goes. This is an interesting question – it’s one that we find candidates often don’t consider at all until they’re actually in a role, or they consider it when they’ve landed an offer. We find doing a little bit of a self-assessment, this is something we’ll talk about a bit more over the next few weeks – doing an assessment yourself of looking realistically at how far is it credible for me to travel often from a time perspective; how would I do it?

So, this we think is one of the keys of staying in the role, in the medium term. If you get this wrong, it can make your role, even if you like it or the company, the people, the salary – all that works and the transport doesn’t work, the interface then with your family life, whatever you’re trying to juggle becomes very, very difficult. So we would often ask candidates to really assess how far time-wise are you willing to travel? So perhaps a role starts at 9AM. You’re travelling from Tallaght how far, how much time is involved in that commute? And not just that commute on a Sunday’s summer’s day like it is today when it might just take 20 minutes. On rainy winter’s morning, you’re hitting the M50 or you’re getting the bus or whatever it is, whatever that mode of transport is. You might come to the conclusion that, you know, I just can’t afford really to travel from a time perspective. Time during business hours or during the school day really is a very, very precious commodity. Not forgetting that a 30-minute commute twice a day is an hour of travel. An hour of commute, twice a day is two hours of travel.

So, understanding what it is you’re willing to do. And you might come to the conclusion that you know what? It’s simply not worth my while; I need the flexibility, I just can’t afford to travel. It just makes things too complicated. In our experience, if you can define what that travel time, what that really starts to narrow down is your job search area. So if you say ‘You know what? I’m only willing to travel 20 minutes’ what that extends then is you say ‘Well, actually geographically I can only look at companies within this area’. So if you live in say, Fox Rock or BlackRock, what is within 15 minutes? So something like Braille is probably too far. If you’re living in Bray and you’re saying I’m only willing to travel 30 minutes, that goes down then perhaps as far as Arklow

Understanding that location, think about it – unfortunately what it starts to mean is you start to narrow the geographical area to a certain time frame, a robust time frame, what that starts to do is it starts to narrow your options. It means there’s going to be less employers, there’s going to be less choice, less career options. And what it does mean is that in order to find the ideal job that you’re after, that works for you on a professional and a career level, you may just have to wait a little longer.

So, we would suggest: do an assessment yourself, an hour travel into the center of Dublin sounds fine; you start multiplying it by two, in and out, you start doing it 2-3 days a week, it really starts eating into your family time, your work time. So perhaps setting limits and goals for a location. Thanks and take care, talk soon!

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