Telephone Interviewing Strategies
Student Involvement Awards
Awards recognize and reward students and their organizations whose involvement has made SUNY Oswego and the surrounding community a better place to live and learn. Free; parking for those without a campus parking sticker is $1 -- see oswego.edu/administration/parking. 312-5420; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: Arena and Convocation Hall, Campus Center
Tuesday, April 22, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Indie concert: Arms & Sleepers, American Royalty and Gianni Paci
Arms & Sleepers is an electronic duo from Boston. American Royalty is a psych-pop trio from Brooklyn. Guitarist Gianni Paci is a recent graduate of New York University and is influenced by Buddy Holly and The Beatles. Performer Magazine recently featured him on its cover. $5 at the door; parking for those without a campus parking sticker is $1 -- see oswego.edu/administration/parking. 312-4581.
Location: Lounge, Hewitt Union
Friday, April 25, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Softball vs. Potsdam
Location: Oswego, NY- Laker Softball Field
Sunday, April 20, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Softball vs. SUNYIT
Location: Oswego, NY- Laker Softball Field
Tuesday, April 22, 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
GOLD Third Thursdays
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Location: Various Cities
Thursday, May 15, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Reunion Weekend 2014
More information: alumni.oswego.edu/reunion
Location: SUNY Oswego, New York 104, Oswego, NY, United States
Thursday, June 5, noon - noon
The telephone can be one of your most important allies in gathering information for your job search. It can also be one of your biggest obstacles if you fear rejection and/or do not know how to present yourself. To make telephoning easier and more productive, develop a script and practice it. Below are some examples that you might tailor to your personal script.
When Speaking to a Secretary:
Hello, this is Lilly Morris. May I speak with Katherine Williams?
*If contact is not in and/or the secretary asks the nature of the call, reply:
Beth Gordon suggested I call her regarding some research that I am doing in the field of _____________. When would it be convenient for me to call back?
*Assuming the secretary provides you with the information, reply:
Thank you very much. I'll call back at (restate time).
When Speaking to Your Contact:
*If you have been referred, your opening might go something like this:
Hello, this is Lilly Morris. Beth Gordon suggested that I call you regarding the possibility of setting up a brief interview with you. She tells me that you are an excellent source of information on the field. I'm interested in exploring new career options and am meeting with a small group of people for information and advice. Is it possible that we could set up a brief meeting?
*If your contact agrees, confirm the time, date, and place, and be sure to get clear directions to your meeting site. Before you meet with your contact, send him or her a letter confirming your meeting and expressing your thanks.
*If your contact does not have time or does not wish to meet with you, reply:
I appreciate your being unable to meet with me. Could you suggest someone else in your company or your field with whom I could meet?
*If you've uncovered the contact person on your own and have not been referred, your opening might go like this:
Ms. Williams, this is Lilly Morris. I am calling because (select the appropriate option):
*...of your expertise in the field of ____________________
*...of your recent promotion to ____________________
*...of your association with (professional or other relevant organization).
*...you are a fellow alumni/ae of ____________________
After you've opened the conversation, continue with your explanation of the purpose of your call.
*If your contact asks if you are looking for a job, be honest, but make it crystal clear that you are not contacting this person to apply for a job; the meeting is for information purposes only. Your reply might go like this:
Although I am currently applying for various positions, my meeting with you would be for informational purposes only. I hope to use your advice and suggestions in gaining additional information about the field and potentially develop leads.