WIND Networking for Today’s Professional


Thursday September 21

Facilitator: Dawn Quesnel


Trinity Episcopal Church
1 Blue Hill River Road

Meeting Agenda

WIND South meets the 1st & 3rd Thursday of every month

9:15 am:  New members Registration
9:30 am:  Unstructured Open Networking

9:45am: Introductions/Needs & Leads
10:00am: Round Table Support Groups

11:00 am: Phone Interviews
12:00 am:  Meeting adjourn

Contact Facilitator – Dawn Quesnel at


Preparing for Phone Interviews

The interview really starts at the first point of contact.  Take the time to get prepared, as it is true, you never have a second chance to make a first impression, so make it your best!  Here are a few tips to help prepare you for your upcoming phone interview.

Companies use the phone interviews to screen candidates out, so not only do you need to be prepared, you need to set yourself apart.  The first step to prepare in setting yourself apart is to practice, prepare and do your research.

The interviewer will usually set the stage and will control the interview process.  It’s important to listen with your full attention. Be prepared to take notes, have your resume, your written examples, the job description and key talking points and facts about the company in front of you.  The benefit of having a phone interview is you can have all your cheat sheets right in front of you.  After the interviewer sets the stage for your call, he/she will probably as one of these questions:

Tell me about yourself?

Why do you want this job?

Why are you looking to leave your current position?  Or If you have been laid-off, you will always get the question – What have you been doing since your last job?

What salary range are you looking for?

How much do you know about our company?

How you respond to these questions can set the stage for the rest of the interview.  Typically, the interviewer will decide if you are the right fit in the first few minutes of the phone interview.

So how do you master the phone interview?

Start with practicing and writing out how you will respond to tell me about yourself.  Here are a couple of tips to get you started.

1.       Write out 3 to 5 strengths relevant to the job description you are interviewing for and practice by recording yourself responding to this question.  It will also help you feel more confident if you practice with another person. Be enthusiastic and summarize to paint a big picture fit of your experience for the job and state an example with specific results.

2.       Your response to his question should be no longer than 2 minutes.  After, you respond to the “tell me about yourself question’ say, I know some general things about your company, can you tell me about the department, the business need for this positon, future plans, the culture and possibility your background.




Let the interviewer respond, listen carefully, take notes.  After the interviewer responds, she/he will likely ask a question to probe deeper about your skill level and fit for this position.

Respond to their question and ask

What do you feel are the key skills required to be successful in this position?  This is a question you want to ask every person you interview with.  You will mostly likely get a different answer every time.  That’s normal as each person you will be working with will have a different priority for the role.






Bio: Dawn Quesnel, CPCC, PCC – Coach DQ

About Our Workshop Facilitator: Dawn Quesnel is passionate about helping people achieve their short-term career objectives and long-term career goals. Her ground-breaking BRIDGE Method provides a path for finding gainful employment 50% faster than using the traditional approaches. Affectionately known as Coach DQ, she has been a Certified Co-Active Coach for over 13 years. She began her career as an executive recruiter placing sales, marketing, advertising, and creative professionals. She is a DiSC® Administrator, WIND Networking Facilitator and leads the Regional Networking Group for Job Seekers 50+. She graduated Cum Laude from Suffolk University with a BS in Business & Entrepreneurship, and was awarded the “Thomas Leonard Career Coach of the Year” by her peers.

Coach DQ LinkedIN

Cost to Attend

No advance registration required

New members: $20 [ includes one-time $10 registration fee ]
Returning members: $10

Coffee and refreshments