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The Freelance Writing Phone Interview

I have touched on the topic of freelance writing phone interviews in the past, but many of you have asked me to do so again. Most clients hiring a freelance writer are not interested in speaking on the phone. Instead, they will do all of their “interviewing” via email. That being said, as your career grows you are sure to be asked to complete a phone interview at some point in time. Believe it or not, I have already had three phone interviews this year alone. While this scares many freelance writers there is nothing to be worried about.

What does a phone interview entail? I have found that most of these conversations have three distinct parts:

1. To start, you and the client will exchange information. This is when you will learn more about the client and what they want. And once they are done you will talk about yourself including information on your experience, rates, etc.

2. The client will begin to ask specific questions. Chances are that you will not touch on everything during the first part of the conversation. For instance, you may talk about your experience but the client may want more specific information. Make sure you are ready to answer any and all questions that are asked of you. And remember, there is nothing wrong with being honest; you should never lie to make yourself look better.

3. At the end of the conversation the client will usually tell you one of three things: they will get in touch with you, they want you to get started, or they are moving on because you don’t fit their needs. I have heard all three, and you are sure to do the same. Obviously you want to land the gig, but if you don’t there is nothing to be ashamed of. You are not the perfect fit for every client, and vice versa.

Now that you know the basics of a freelance writing phone interview you should be able to shake your jitters before taking your next call. There is nothing to be nervous about if you are confident, prepared, and ready to be open and honest. 

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