Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman have not entered pleas

Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman have not entered pleas

Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were among the 13 parents who appeared in federal court in Boston on Wednesday for their alleged involvement in the $25 million college admissions scandal. The Full House actress was greeted by both fans and detractors as she made her way inside for the hearing.
Lori Loughlin arrives to a mix of fans and detractors. Some yelling, “Lori, pay my tuition!”
— Melanie Woodrow (@MelanieWoodrow) April 3, 2019
Huffman, 56, and Loughlin, 54, are each charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. The FBI charged a total of 50 people in the sting called “ Operation Varsity Blues .” The stars appeared before federal Magistrate Judge M. Page Kelley who set conditions for their release. They were not expected to enter pleas.
Judge Kelley told all defendants that she will keep their initial bond and is not inclined to grant international travel. She also rejected the prosecution’s request for the parents to be forbidden from discussing the case with their children, explaining it’s not realistic. However, she cautioned them from doing anything that would be viewed as obstruction of justice as the kids are potential witnesses in the case.
Loughlin and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, told the judge they understood their rights, signed their bail conditions and were free to go, per local reports.
Lori Loughlin and just reached over and said hi to the three prosecutors who brought the case against her in the college admission cheating scandal, , smiled broadly and shook their hands.
— Shelley Murphy (@shelleymurph) April 3, 2019
Lori Loughlin repeatedly says “yes your honor” to the judge. She says she understands the charges against her and her right to remain silent. She surrendered her passport in California. #WBZ
— Louisa Moller (@LouisaMoller) April 3, 2019
Giannulli also says he understands his rights. Both Loughlin and Giannulli waive their right to a preliminary hearing. #WBZ
— Louisa Moller (@LouisaMoller) April 3, 2019
Huffman went through the same process before the judge as did all of the other defendants. After signing her papers, she was also free to go.
Now Felicity Huffman steps before the judge. She has a dark suit, acqua shirt, glasses. She’s seated between two lawyers. Two other parents, Elizabeth and Manuel Henriquez also are seated before the judge.
— Shelley Murphy (@shelleymurph) April 3, 2019
Felicity Huffman is signing bail papers and is about to leave the courtroom. She’s chatting with her lawyer as she goes over the papers.
— Shelley Murphy (@shelleymurph) April 3, 2019
Neither Loughlin nor Huffman has publicly commented about the allegations.
Federal prosecutors are seeking potential deals with some of the defendants, according to the Los Angeles Times , but it’s unclear with which parents. They have also been pressuring some of the defendants to cooperate or face more charges. Plea deals could still mean prison time. The deadline for a grand jury to hand down additional charges is April 11.
Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman arrive at federal court on April 3, 2019. (Photo: AP) More Prosecutors allege that Huffman paid $15,000 disguised as a charitable donation to admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer and his nonprofit organization to help boost the score on her daughter’s college-entrance exam. Singer has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with federal investigators. The Desperate Housewives actress appeared in federal court in Los Angeles last month and was released on $250,000 bail. Her husband, Shameless star William H. Macy , was not charged despite the FBI affidavit describing him as participating in the scheme . He was not spotted at court Wednesday. Huffman was apparently accompanied by her brother.
Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of agreeing “to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC,” according to the released indictment. Giannulli and Loughlin were granted release last month on $1 million bond .
The Fuller House actress didn’t seem fazed prior to Wednesday’s preliminary hearing, turning the streets of Boston into a red carpet. Loughlin signed autographs for about 20 fans and posed for photos, according to People , telling the crowd, “Thanks for being such good fans.” Although Loughlin was dropped by the Hallmark Channel after news of the scandal broke, it’s her influencer daughter Olivia Jade who is dealing with much of the fallout.
Jade — who allegedly didn’t fill out her own application to USC — is a popular beauty blogger and YouTube star. She has been trolled online and has seen numerous sponsorship deals dropped over the past several weeks. Sephora and TRESemmé are a few of the brands that announced they were cutting ties with the 19-year-old.
Jade and her 20-year-old sister, Isabella, were still enrolled at USC as of last week. The university told Yahoo Entertainment in a statement it is conducting “a case-by-case review for current students and graduates that may be connected to the scheme alleged by the government. We will make informed, appropriate decisions once those reviews have been completed.”
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How a Brexit that MPs might support could destroy the Tory party

4 April 2019 at 8:09am How a Brexit that MPs might support could destroy the Tory party Theresa May and the Tory party is in an Credit: PA
The magnitude of the gulf between the cabinet and perhaps a majority of Tory MPs over how to deliver Brexit was on display like an oozing wound on my show last night .
The Chancellor was his normal phlegmatic, unsugaring self when revealing the government is reconciled to a long Brexit delay till at least the end of the year – and that the best the prime minister can hope for from the emergency EU council on Wednesday is that the EU’s 27 leaders would allow her a break clause, so that if a Brexit deal is fully approved on all sides earlier, the UK could leave the EU at that earlier juncture.
But even so, he conceded there is now no escape from preparing to participate in European parliamentary elections, at considerable financial and emotional cost to the UK.
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The point is that Hammond described talks with Jeremy Corbyn and Labour to break the Brexit deadlock as a longish process, which if unsuccessful – as my Labour sources anticipate – would nonetheless yield options for all MPs to vote on, during a Brexit beauty contest.
None of which will be speedy – and all of which yields the very great risk for Tory Brexiters that the PM will sign up to a form of Brexit that is anathema to them.
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Even Nadine Dorries, who is trying so hard to be a Tory unifier, said she could never support the UK’s membership of a Customs Union – which is the bare minimum demand from Corbyn for an entente with May.
But the potential coup de grace for May was delivered by the leading Tory ERG Brexiter Steve Baker, who said that almost any conceivable compromise reached with Corbyn and Labour would be unacceptable to a majority of Tory MPs.
So this is an unholy mess for May and the Tories. And the only small thing that might give her grim comfort was that Labour’s Tom Watson was not coy about the tensions in his party between the majority of his MP colleagues who like him are now in favour of a so-called confirmatory referendum and a Labour leader who remains a referendum-sceptic.
The idea that when it is too hard for MPs, a way through the impasse may only be found by putting a Brexit deal back to the people for ratification, is the powder keg under both parties.
In the Tory party, Hammond put a match to the fuse when describing another referendum as a “credible” option: and he implicitly posed the question to Baker and his allies that if parliament can not deliver them a Brexit they see as acceptable, perhaps they should take the chance of having their purer version of leaving the EU judged and backed at the last by the British people.

Trump Hates Windmills—and It Has Nothing to Do With His Bogus Cancer Claims

‘AESTHETIC DISASTER’ Trump Hates Windmills—and It Has Nothing to Do With His Bogus Cancer Claims Trump claimed Tuesday that windmills cause cancer. But his long hate-affair with the renewable energy began in 2006, when he didn’t wanted them near his golf course in Scotland. 04.03.19 12:27 PM ET Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos by Getty
There are many things Donald Trump publicly hates: the media , Hillary Clinton , Robert Mueller’s probe , and even Meryl Streep .
But his hatred for windmills has been long and enduring, dating all the way back to 2006, when they interfered with his plans for a golf course on the Scottish coast. At the National Republican Congressional Committee fundraiser dinner Tuesday, the president floated his latest conspiracy theory about the renewable energy turbine, claiming its large metal structure decreases surrounding property values and its “noise” causes cancer.
“If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations, your house just went down 75 percent in value. And they say the noise causes cancer. You tell me that one, okay? Rerrrr rerrrr!” he said during his speech at the annual spring dinner, without offering any evidence to support the claim.
According to The Atlantic , anti-wind power groups have previously erroneously claimed that the low-frequency noises from windmills can cause health problems including nausea, sleep loss, and anxiety. The Daily Beast could not find any study or report with evidence that the noise correlates to the development of cancer.
Trump’s wind-power dig was part of a larger attack on his 2016 presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton, who campaigned to increase investments in wind turbine investments and other renewable energy sources to combat fossil fuels and carbon emissions.
“Hillary wanted to put up wind. Wind,” he said.
Trump’s Tuesday night attack on wind power is hardly a new strategy for the president, but an escalation of his long hate-affair with windmills.
His feud with wind power started in 2006, when Trump was developing plans to build a golf course in Balmedie, Scotland , just as a renewable energy group was developing a multimillion-dollar offshore wind farm close by. The idea of windmills spoiling the view on his golf course put Trump on the offensive, and he threatened to pull out of the deal—a move that prompted more wind farm proposals and social in-fighting.
“With the reckless installation of these monsters, you will single-handedly have done more damage to Scotland than virtually any event in Scottish history,” Trump wrote in an angry letter to the Scottish first minister, according to previous reporting by The Daily Beast . “I have just authorized my staff to allocate a substantial amount of money to launch an international campaign to fight your plan to surround Scotland’s coast with many thousands of wind turbines.”
The golf course and resort eventually opened in July 2012 and ignited Trump’s hatred for the inanimate wind propellers.
Since joining Twitter, Trump has blamed wind turbines, known for effectively turning kinetic energy from wind into electricity, for killing birds (they do, but at a far lower rate than other energy sources), being “ ugly ” structures that “ ruin the beauty of parts of the country ” that “ hurt tourism ” and for leaving Americans without electricity when there is no wind .
All these reasons, according to the president, makes them “ very, very sad! ”
“It’s Friday. How many bald eagles did wind turbines kill today? They are an environmental & aesthetic disaster,” Trump tweeted in 2012, the first of over 30 tweets the president has devoted to wind power. The tweet also linked to a Canadian news article about environmental activists meeting with the finance minister to discuss the potential threat wind turbines pose to the habitat in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Later in 2012, Trump blamed China for “illegally dumping bird-killing wind turbines on our shores. Only one of many grievances—we should act,” despite any evidence suggesting the foreign country has installed the devices in the U.S.
The president reiterated this claim on Tuesday, calling windmills a “graveyard for birds.” “If you love birds, you never want to walk under a windmill, because it’s a sad, sad sight,” he said.
At a Michigan rally last month, Trump brought up his past with windmills and boasted that his tirade against the renewable energy source means he “ knows a lot about wind .”
“If Hillary got in… you’d be doing wind. Windmills. W . And if it doesn’t blow, you can forget about television for that night, Trump said , bringing up his previous assertion that wind power is not efficient because it doesn’t work when the wind isn’t blowing.
“‘Darling, I want to watch television.’ ‘I’m sorry! The wind isn’t blowing.’ I know a lot about wind,” he added.
The president seemed to forget the battery-storage feature in the U.S. power grid that’s set up to handle such changes in the weather.

‘At Least You Can Get Pregnant’ And Other Things Not To Say After Miscarriage

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Australia Brasil Canada Deutschland España France Ελλάδα (Greece) India Italia 日本 (Japan) 한국 (Korea) Maghreb México Québec (en français) South Africa United Kingdom United States LIFESTYLE 02/04/2019 10:23 BST ‘At Least You Can Get Pregnant’ And Other Things Not To Say After Miscarriage Miscarriage is surprisingly common. So why aren’t we better at offering sympathy? 177 By Catherine Pearson, HuffPost US diego_cervo via Getty Images Miscarriage has gone from being a thing that women and their partners basically never talked about in public to one that is far less taboo. And with good reason. Around one in four pregnancies will end in miscarriage , with 85% take place in the first trimester. It is, as Jessica Zucker , a Los Angeles-based psychologist specialising in women’s reproductive and maternal mental health, reminded HuffPost, a “normal outcome of pregnancy.”
But for all the work that has been done on social media, in articles and essays and even by celebrities to break down the secrecy and stigma around pregnancy loss, we’re still surprisingly crappy at knowing how to talk to women when they’re in the throes of it. Which means that women who open up about their experiences still have to endure all kinds of terrible responses , making what can be an incredibly sad, hard experience even worse.
Here are a few expert-backed ideas for how to talk to women who’ve experienced a pregnancy loss with kindness and grace.
More from HuffPost UK Parents:
One In Four Pregnancies End In Miscarriage – So Why Aren’t We Talking About It More? Women Share Their Experiences After Alex Jones Reveals She Presented On TV Hours After Miscarriage Why We Need To Talk About The Toilet Scene In Fleabag Don’t start any sentence with “at least…” “One of the things I find most disturbing — and that clients tell me they hear all the time — is ‘at least you know you can get pregnant,’” Zucker said. But being reminded you got pregnant is not necessarily a comfort when you’re not pregnant anymore, and Zucker really believes it’s something people say basically to assuage their own discomfort with a difficult topic.
Other frequent offenders in this category: “At least you weren’t too far along,”
“At least you have another kid at home” and “At least you’re young and can try again.”
“People will say things like ‘you’ll have more children,’” said Jamie Kreiter , a Chicago-based licensed clinical therapist who is certified in perinatal mental health. “All of those things are intended as words of support and encouragement, but women are mourning this baby.”
Don’t assume you know how she’s feeling This one is almost painfully simple, but experts say it trips up well-meaning friends and family time and again. People react to miscarriages in very different ways. Some women feel a profound sense of loss. Some women experience serious grief and depressive symptoms . Some women grapple with those feelings for a long time. Some don’t. Some women might not feel hit particularly hard by the miscarriage. Some might feel ambivalent about it. Some might feel relieved.
Don’t assume you know what a woman is going through after a miscarriage, and don’t say things like, “You must be so XYZ.”
“Oftentimes we’re projecting,” Zucker said. Instead, simply give women space to feel whatever it is they’re feeling, she urged, and let them know you are holding that space for them for as long as they need.
Don’t immediately jump to share your story It is wonderful and important that more and more women are sharing their stories of miscarriage, but it shouldn’t be your first response when a woman you know is going through it. Sometimes sharing a personal experience can provide comfort and a sense of connection; other times it can be alienating.
“I think, unintentionally, you can start to have this one-upping or comparing thing, like, ‘Oh, I had that too and I felt like this,’” Zucker said.
Just be deliberate about how you share your experience, she advised, and be sensitive to the reaction. If it’s clear sharing your own story isn’t helping, stop.
Do offer to help spread the word After a miscarriage, people often want concrete things they can do to help. For women who told friends and family about their pregnancy, or who were physically showing, one possibility is to offer to tell others for them. Basically, you can offer to help be the messenger so she doesn’t have to be, Kreiter said.
And that can extend not just to friends, family or co-workers you have in common, but also people in her day-to-day life who she might not even have explicitly discussed her pregnancy with, but who (again, depending on how far along she was) might have noticed, Kreiter said. Making the offer to help have those conversations can take a bit of weight off her shoulders.
Do be flexible around family gatherings and events “Things like family holidays and anniversaries can bring back grief symptoms, even if the woman has otherwise been managing fine,” said Kreiter. In her practice, she might encourage a client who had been dreaming of her first Christmas with her baby, for example, to ditch the big family get-together in favour of a quick getaway with her partner. Friends and family can help in that regard by being mindful of potentially tough dates or events around the calendar and by making it clear that you’re supportive of her doing whatever she needs to do to put her mental health first.
Likewise, events like baby showers can be really difficult for some women who’ve experienced pregnancy loss. Kreiter said to invite them, but make sure they know you understand if they can’t attend.
“I tell clients that the people in their lives who love them will understand,” she said.
If nothing else, keep it simple “It’s still puzzling to me why people aren’t saying something as simple as: ‘I am so sorry for your loss. I’m here for you,’” Zucker said. She thinks well-intentioned friends and relatives often feel pressure to come up with something they think is somehow more profound. But a statement like that is loving, straightforward and empathic, which is what women need.
“I am so sorry for your loss,” echoed Kreiter. Simple, loving and direct.
Catherine Pearson HuffPost

22 Phone Interview Tips to Help You Nail the Call (and Move to the Next Round)

Alyse Kalish
There’s truly nothing more rewarding than getting a response from an application you sent in to your dream job asking you to hop on the phone for an interview. Not only did all your hard work—editing your resume, writing a cover letter, putting together writing samples, and filling out endless forms—pay off, but you’re finally going to meet the person (or people) hiring for your role. Or, uh, well, hear their voice at least.
Before you go from ecstatic to panicked wondering how in the hell you’re going to knock the interviewer’s socks off, we’ve compiled all the phone interview tips you could ever need to get yourself prepared—and guarantee you’ll get to meet the hiring manager in person in the next round. Tips 1-13 Before Your Phone Interview 1. Get Clear on the Details
This means knowing: The time of your phone interview (and in what time zone!) Who exactly you’ll be speaking with and their role (if there’s more than one person, figure out what order you’ll be speaking to them in) What number they’ll be calling from What number they’ll be calling you at (if you have two or more phone lines) Any other contact information (like their email or the company’s main line) you may need if the call drops
If this wasn’t spelled out to you, just ask! There’s nothing wrong with getting some clarity on something that affects both of your schedules (and you’ll be grateful you didn’t have to deal with a missed call or meeting that started late).
You can send the following email:
Hi [Name],
I’m excited to speak with you on [date]! I just wanted to double check what time we’re chatting at (I have [time] [time zone] on my calendar) and what number you’ll be calling from. Please let me know if there’s anything else you need from me before our call.
Thanks so much!
Or you can follow up on your previous conversations with:
Hi [Name],
Just confirming we’re chatting on [date] at [time] [time zone] and you’ll be calling me at [phone number]/I’ll be calling you at [phone number]? Let me know if I have that schedule wrong.
Thanks, [Your Name]
Oh, and if you need to reschedule for whatever emergency reason, use this email template and be proactive—in other words, don’t wait until the last second to cancel if you can help it. 2. Do Your Research
Treat it like any other interview—and prepare, prepare, prepare. Too many people make the mistake of winging a phone interview thinking it’s not as important or they can handle it no problem, when in reality they find themselves stumbling over their answers and messing up their chances.
First, give the job description a gander to understand exactly what role you’re interviewing for and what the interviewer may ask you about over the phone.
Then, do some digging into the company . Browse their website, Google them to gather some recent news updates, read their employee testimonials on other sites (like The Muse !), and scroll through their social media. Get a sense of not just what your specific role would entail and what the team does, but the company’s history, mission, and overall vibe. This will help you in crafting tailored interview answers and asking thoughtful questions.
As Muse writer and former recruiter Rich Moy notes in an article about what recruiters look for in a phone interview , you don’t want to just regurgitate the organization’s “About” page. Rather, find ways to tie the company’s values to your own and use that to showcase how great a fit you are. 3. Practice Your Answers (and Talking on the Phone)
Next on the list is prepping answers to any and all phone interview questions you might be asked. Once you nail those down, practice answering these other common interview questions and compile two to three questions to ask the interviewer at the very end.
But preparing for a phone interview isn’t just about crafting answers to predictable questions you may be asked. It’s also about knowing how to convey those answers over the phone . So if you want to ensure you’re making the right kind of impression, phone a friend and have them listen to your responses and give feedback (more advice on running a successful mock interview here ). 4. Prepare Your Salary Number
Yes, this is might come up, especially if the phone interview is an initial screening call with HR. So you’ll want to have a smart answer ready. (But if they don’t ask, you’ll probably want to wait for a later round to bring it up yourself.)
Figure out what you’re worth by using a salary calculator and reading this article and this one . Then practice how you’ll convey that request by reading this article on discussing salary requirements .
And check out this article if you find yourself being asked the (illegal in many places!) question, “What’s your current salary?” 5. Create a Cheat Sheet
All this information shouldn’t just sit inside your head. One, because it doesn’t have to—the beauty of phone interviews is that you can have notes right in front of you without the interviewer having any clue. And two, because we often freeze up when we’re nervous, so why put yourself in the position of forgetting everything?
Take the research you did, the answers you prepared, and the questions you have and jot them down into a notebook, on a Post-it, or in a one-page document (we even made a cheat sheet for you !). And stick to bullet points—you certainly don’t want to be reading your answers off like a script. That’ll just make you sound inauthentic and frankly make the interview more stressful. 6. Print Out Other Relevant Documents
In addition to your cheat sheet, it might help to also print out a copy of your resume and cover letter, as well as any other information you think you might need to reference (like your salary research). As Muse writer Aja Frost points out , the interviewer may bring up points you made in these documents, and you’ll want to know what they’re talking about. 7. Gather Your Tools A charger Headphones A notepad and pen/pencil (or a laptop, if that’s how you prefer to take notes—just don’t spend the whole conversation tapping away because that can be distracting) A water bottle A toy to play with (if it helps you focus—I’m a big fan of the fidget cube ) 8. Dress the Part
Sure, taking a phone interview in your pajamas sounds appealing—in fact, it’s why we love them so much—but dressing the part can only add to your confidence. So resist the urge to wear sweatpants and opt for an outfit that makes you feel like the kind of person who could rock it in this job. Or at least an outfit that’s comfortable enough and still makes you feel like a professional. (If you’re taking the call in the office, you’ll check this box off no problem!) 9. Find a Quiet, Comfortable, and Convenient Place
At home, this may mean locking yourself in a room that’s away from family, roommates, or pets. At work , this may mean booking yourself a conference room or Breather , finding a coffee shop nearby, or settling for your car or a quiet side street. Wherever you decide to go, scope it out a day or two early for all the necessities—a comfy seat (if available); minimal distractions, interruptions, or foot traffic; good phone service; and an outlet if possible. 10. Cut the Distractions
This goes hand in hand with finding your ideal phone interview location. Book time on your calendar so people know they can’t bother you during that time (and make the event private or give it a fake name so your boss doesn’t find out what you’re up to), lock your bedroom door so your roommates or kids don’t come waltzing in, and silence any notifications on your phone or laptop. If you’re in a public place, try facing away from a window or toward a wall so you aren’t distracted by people walking by or things happening around you.
And—this is key—use headphones! They’ll minimize surrounding noise and help you to further focus on the conversation—and only the conversation.
By the way, please do not eat or chew gum during your interview. If you prefer, set a glass of water next to you for when your mouth starts to get dry. 11. Factor in the Worst-Case Scenarios
Your phone dies. Your interview runs over and someone’s trying to get into your conference room. You get distracted and lose your train of thought. You forget everything you’ve practiced and have zero things to say.
These are unlikely to happen, but knowing what to expect can help you overcome your worst fears and respond proactively should you need to.
Having the essentials in place—like a phone charger and cheat sheet—can do wonders for your confidence. And if you’re worried you’ll run over, make sure your space is available and booked an extra 15-30 minutes before and after the scheduled time.
Being afraid of talking on the phone is normal, so if that’s your biggest worry the best thing you can do is practice—over and over again until nothing surprises you. And try reading this article on overcoming phone interview phobia , this one on becoming a “phone person” , and this one on refocusing after you get distracted . 12. Set a Friendly (and Professional) Voicemail Message
Ideally you’ll actually pick up the phone when the interviewer calls. But in case you can’t for whatever reason, you’ll want to make the best impression you can offline—and this means setting up a professional voicemail message.
Try something like: “Hi, you’ve reached [Your Name]. I’m sorry I missed your call. Please leave me a detailed message and I’ll return your message as soon as possible. Thanks!” 13. Charge Your Phone and Do a Test Run
You definitely should make sure your phone is at full battery going in—because no one wants a dropped call. An hour or so before your interview is scheduled to start, also make sure it’s working properly and the signal is OK by calling up a friend or family member and asking if they can hear you alright. Tips 14-19 During Your Phone Interview 14. Start Off Strong
First, the essentials: Be on time and pick up on the second or third ring.
Then, nail your introduction. You can start off with something like, “Hello, this is [Your Name]” or “Hi [Name], this is [Your Name]. Thanks for calling, it’s great to speak with you.” Basically, you’ll want to say something that’ll set the right tone off the bat. Saying “’Sup” or not making it clear it’s you speaking will immediately make the interviewer question your professionalism and communication skills. 15. Have Impeccable Manners (and Know How to Small Talk)
You don’t have to jump straight into business! At least not if they aren’t. Feel free to ask them how their day’s going, talk about the weather or your weekend, or try a conversation starter if it seems natural. Participating in small talk is a polite and easy way to keep the good vibes rolling and connect with your interviewer—just keep it brief and business appropriate.
Also, if some kind of interruption or background sound occurs, apologize and address it—better to pause than to continue on obliviously while the interviewer is straining on the other end trying to understand what you’re saying. If background noise is unavoidable, mute yourself when you’re not speaking. 16. Lean Into the Pauses
With technology and not seeing someone face-to-face come all sorts of awkward social moments—delayed or overlapping responses being one of them. So don’t be afraid of moments of silence—it’s OK to let the conversation breathe a little.
When your interviewer asks a question, wait a beat or two before answering them to ensure they’re finished speaking. If you can’t hear them, politely say, “I’m sorry, could you repeat the question?” or “Just to make sure I understood you, you asked ?”
And if they interrupt you, stop talking to let them finish before speaking again. If they’re doing this, either they’re dealing with technical difficulties or they want to refocus the conversation. You’ll want to transition with them so everything you say is clearly heard and understood. 17. Make Sure There’s Excitement in Your Voice
One of the biggest mistakes people make in phone interviews is not sounding energetic and excited enough. Because the person can’t see you, you have to work extra hard to show that you’re enthusiastic about the role and meeting with them.
To help convey this, use gestures and smile while you talk. Both will automatically inject emotion into your voice. Hey, get up and walk around if that keeps you lively. And if something’s funny, laugh! That’s allowed!
Of course, you’ll want to balance this out by not sounding fake. Keep an eye on how loud you’re speaking and try to lower the volume when you find yourself getting too animated. Practice and getting feedback from peers can help with nailing this down. 18. But Talk Slowly
I once interviewed with someone who naturally spoke super fast. I loved her energy, but because her words came out so rapid-fire a lot of our conversation consisted of me asking, “Could you repeat that?”
Self-awareness is crucial when you’re talking on the phone. With only your voice to carry you through, you want to make sure everything you’re saying is clear and concise—so catch yourself when you start to ramble or chatter a mile a minute. If you have a stutter , for example, this is especially helpful to practice beforehand. 19. Listen (and Sound Like You Are)
Don’t be that person who makes the interviewer repeat their questions again and again—that’s annoying for everyone involved. Pay attention, practice active listening, and don’t multitask (a.k.a., don’t be working on something else, or even reading over your own notes, while the other person is talking). This means repeating relevant points (write them down if you really want to remember them) and using fillers like “hm,” “OK,” “yes,” and “right” to express that you’re taking it in. Tips 20-22 After Your Phone Interview 20. Jot Down Important Points
Take a minute or two after you hang up to jot down any last notes you want to remember. Maybe they mentioned a new product they launched that you want to check out, or something about the culture you want to follow up on via email, or a person to reach out to. You won’t regret having those in writing when you go to write your thank you note or walk into the next round of interviews. 21. Send a Thank You Note
Do this, and do it soon after your call! The same day is ideal, but a day after at the latest. There are several boxes you’ll want to check: Thank them for speaking with you Highlight conversation topics that stuck out to you Reemphasize your passion for the role and company Keep it short and sweet
Here’s an example:
Hi Jen,
It was great speaking with you over the phone today. I really enjoyed learning more about The Muse’s mission to help people find companies and careers they love, and especially enjoyed discussing your vision for expanding the consumer product. I’d absolutely love the opportunity to join your team.
I look forward to hearing from you about next steps, but please let me know if there’s any other information I can provide in the meantime.
All the best, Alyse
For an easy-to-use template and more examples, read this article on writing a thank you email after an interview . 22. Follow Up if You Don’t Hear Back
If you don’t hear from the hiring manager in a week or so, don’t hesitate to follow up to see where they are in the process. They may still be conducting interviews and thus have no updates for you, but checking in keeps you top of mind when they go to narrow down candidates.
It could look something like this:
Hi Jen,
I hope all is well! It was really nice speaking with you last week.
I just wanted to follow up and see where you were in the hiring process for the sales development representative role. I’m still very interested in and excited about this opportunity, so please let me know if there’s anything else you need from me to help in making your decision.
For more help on writing this follow-up email, check out this article and this one . Talking to a Recruiter? Here’s What You Should Know About That Phone Call
If your phone interview is actually with a recruiter who found you via LinkedIn or another source, that’s awesome! You’ll want to keep several things in mind.
First off, this is still an interview. It shouldn’t be a formal conversation (nor should most interviews be super formal), but you should still do your research, practice some responses, and prepare your own questions. And you’ll want to express enthusiasm for the opportunity and speaking with them—even if you’re not actually all that interested in the role (you can always turn it down later on).
As Muse writer and career coach Jenny Foss points out , you have the upper hand because the recruiter is rooting for you to succeed. So use that to ask for their help and suggestions in moving on to the next round and express clearly your intentions for the role, like your salary demands and ideal set of responsibilities.
Did we miss something? Not sure how to tackle a specific kind of phone interview situation? Let us know on Twitter @TheMuse ! Topics Best of Phone Interview , First Interview , Best of Interview Basics , Interviews , Interview Basics , Phone Interviews , Interviewing for a Job , Job Search Photo of person on phone courtesy of jacoblund/Getty Images. As Editor for The Muse, Alyse is proud to prove that yes, English majors can change the world. Her work has been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, Inc., Motto, CNBC’s Make It, USA Today College, Lifehacker, Mashable, and more. She calls many places home, including Illinois where she grew up and the small town of Hamilton where she attended Colgate University, but she was born to be a New Yorker. In addition to being an avid writer, Alyse loves to dance, both professionally and while waiting for the subway. ×
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