Success is Calling + Tips for Interviewing

26 April 2016



This post was sponsored by TracFone. As always all opinions are my own.

Two weeks ago we talked about the motivating and inspiring Afternoon Of Empowerment with TracFone and Dress for Success {You can check out the video from the event here}.

This week, I wanted to share a little more about the program, some of my personal interview tips, and of course, how you can help to make a difference for Success is Calling.

The Success is Calling program was created by TracFone and Dress for Success in 2015, to help women navigate a critical step in the employment process: the phone interview. As it turns out, 85% of HR managers and working professionals say the first impressions made over that call follow the applicants throughout the entire interview process.* They added that a candidate makes up for lack of experience with good phone skills. So, the Success is Calling program has proven to be a crucial resource and support in navigating the job search process, with the majority of the 300 graduates landing a job.

This year, TracFone and Dress for Success is expanding the program by offering it to twice as many women around the country, which is kind of amazing if you ask me.

Want to help the cause? One way you can make an impact on the program is to head over to Walmart and purchase a TracFone handset and service {they have phones from LG & Samsung and their plans are as low as $19.99 for 90 days, an average cost of just $7 per month**}. During the month of April, TracFone will donate 20% of its handset sales at Walmart to Dress for Success, for up to $525,000


My personal interview and career tips:

  • Research the company before the interview. When you show up with knowledge about who they are and what they’re looking for, not only are you able to show them exactly what you have to offer them in the terms they will understand, but it is an excellent way to gauge for yourself whether or not they’re a good fit for you.

  • Don’t be too hard on yourself if it doesn’t work out, and don’t give up. Staying positive and confident is key.

  • Get creative. I always want to show my creative side and how I can make a difference in either a campaign or new job. A creative pitch, like a video resume for example, can make you stand out and show them in a concrete way how you can contribute to their goals.

  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It can show that you’re always thinking ahead and are invested.

* This survey was commissioned by TracFone and conducted by Survata, an independent research firm in San Francisco. Survata interviewed 1001 online respondents between March 07, 2016 and March 14, 2016. For further information, visit www.survata.com.

**Based on 90-day/60-minute/$19.99 airtime service plan. A month equals 30 days.