Learn how to excel your phone interview


The phone interview – otherwise known as the screening interview – is an interview, in reality, just like any other. You are going to need to prepare and deliver in just the same way as you would in a face-to-face with your prospective employer.

We have assembled a few tips to help you ace your first and all-important encounter during the interview process.


Do Your Research

Just as you would prepare for a face-to-face interview, you are going to want to be able to handle tough questions and have something confident and authoritative to say on the phone.

Take the time to read through the job description and think deeply about how your aptitudes, experiences, and professional aspirations map to the position. Do your due diligence too in terms of the company and its culture. Be ready to answer questions about what interests you about this role and organization.

Remember that this is a two-way street. Just as you are finding out as much as you can about your potential future employer, recruiters will most likely be doing their research into you and your profile. So, make sure that your online presence is working for you. Keep your LinkedIn profile up to date, and think about opinions, interests, and affiliations that you share online. It will also be important to clean up your social media presence in general.


Interviewers are likely not only to ask you what it is about the offer that appeals to you, but will also have a host of questions about your experience, knowledge, skills, expectations – in short, they want to know what makes you the ideal candidate for this particular job.

Review the sorts of questions you are likely to be asked and think deeply about how you will answer them. Do not be tempted to over-sell yourself. Be sincere in your answers, stick to facts, and provide information that you can expand upon in the conversation.

Also, have your own questions prepared beforehand. Some of the things you might want to think about are:

  • What challenges will this role bring?
  • How is the role likely to evolve over time?
  • What kind of skills or attitudes are new recruits expected to bring?

Listen Carefully

Sounds obvious, but it can actually be harder to focus on questions over the phone that in it is face-to-face. Make a conscious effort to listen to each question and think for a second or two how to respond to exactly what the interview is asking. If you are not sure you have understood a question, do not be afraid to ask for a clarification. The objective for both of you is to discover if you are the right fit for the job, so it is key that the right information is exchanged.

Prepare Your Environment in Advance

The last thing you need as you interview for a job is an unexpected interruption, a problem with connectivity or obtrusive background noise. Choose a place and an environment that works for you.

Ensure that your phone is fully charged, or that your Wi-Fi works well, if you are meeting over video conferencing. It is also a good idea to have some water nearby to soothe a dry throat, as well as a notebook and pen. You may need to take notes or jot down an important question that arises during your conversation.

If you have a laptop available, that would also be another item to keep close. You can have your research and notes from preparing for the interview pulled up on the screen before your interview.

Consider Your Body Language

Odd as it may seem, the way you sit or gesture, even an occasional smile, will convey something more about you and your attitude to your phone interviewer.

Relaxing your posture and physically settling into the conversation will help you take charge of the exchange. And the impression you make will be more positive. Though your interviewer cannot see you, they can hear the inflections in your tone. Your relaxed demeanor, confidence level, enthusiasm will all be discernable in your voice.


Key points to remember

Keep always this structure of preparing your interview. Make small plans within each point and evaluate shortly the results yourself. Before your go to take the interview, these are essential for you to have a clear idea of your skills level, job adaption/fit and employment characteristics.


  • Research and evaluation of the job characteristic and professional inquiries
  • Be prepared. Being prepared for a phone interview means having the confidence to reschedule an impromptu phone call you don’t feel prepared for. There’s nothing wrong with telling a recruiter “I’m sorry, I’m away from my desk. When can I call you back?” Comfortable environment when you can do your interview without distract.
  • Believe in your skills and show up your willing to take the job. Also, don’t be afraid to tell your desire and will to learn new skills and advance in your old skills. Whether or not you’re a career change aficionado, there are few things in life more stressful than a first interview. Listen carefully and don’t be afraid to build rapport and show a little personality.
  • Be straightforward about your experiences and open to understand during your phone interview.

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Self-development to becoming a leader in the tech world.

What Is Leadership?

To begin with, we shall explore shortly the meaning of a leader. To not be confused, a leader is not a good manager even though it consists of managing skills. A leader is someone who goes beyond the managing role. A great leader’s unique achievement is a human and social one which stems from his understanding of his fellow workers.

Being a leader consists of three things, all together: inspiring passion, vision and path-realization, support and tools provision to his fellows. A leader empowers his team members to embrace their own unique leadership qualities and act with independently accountable passion.

Than is Leadership: a process by which an executive can direct, guide and influence the behavior and work of others towards accomplishment of specific goals in a given situation. Leadership is the ability of a manager to induce the subordinates to work with confidence and zeal.

Leadership skills are important to develop, whether you are a student, at entry level, or a senior executive moving up the career-ladder. The ability to take ownership of something and bringing forward momentum to ensure that goals are achieved is a key differentiator wherever you are in your career.

Top Qualities to Develop

Problem Solving Ability: Leaders are adept at solving problems – identifying the challenge, breaking it down into its constituent parts, and devising the processes as well as the approaches that lead to a workable solution.

Open Mindset: Part of effective problem solving is being open to try new ideas, new approaches, new angles – wherever they come from. Knowing that you do not know everything is a key leadership attribute and opens the door to insight and solutions from a broader range of sources, influences, and cultures.

Ability to Inspire: Managing other people’s input does not have to be overt or official –the badge of manager is not required to lead others on your team. Leaders are those people that inspire and motivate others, by a variety of means to pull together effectively to get something done.

Intuition: Good leaders trust their instincts. They learn from experience. As well as from listening to others and being guided by their peers, who in turn inspire them.

Innovative Mindset: Seeing things from a different angle. Trying new ideas out. Being open to input and suggestions from diverse sources. Experimenting. Failing and trying again. These creative qualities are fundamental to good leadership.

Positive Mindset: Maintaining a positive approach and learning not be side-tracked by the negative has a strong impact on teams and individuals. It’s very easy in work environments to get sucked into negativity that can quickly turn toxic. Good leaders know how to side-step this trap and keep focused on the objectives and tasks that yield results.

Confidence: Believing in yourself, knowing you do not know everything but have the right attitude and the open-mindedness to find solutions.  As well as embracing diversity in thought and learning from experience. Working towards positive results – all of this generates an inner-confidence that reaches and inspires other people.

Communication Skills: Part of leading is being able to share and articulate what you think, need, or want to achieve. Building strong communication skills so that other people can understand and buy into your vision or idea is key.

Ability to Delegate: It is impossible to do everything yourself. And most people hate to be micro-managed in their work. Learning to delegate and to recognize other people’s strengths is a core leadership skill that helps inspire and motivate as well as leverage diverse skills.

Trustworthiness: Transparency is key. Along with strong communication skills, you need to demonstrate to others that you have integrity and you can be trusted to deliver. You are the kind of person that says what they mean and mean what they say. As well as being reliable to not take credit away from those who work alongside you.

Determination: You have a clear idea of what you want, how to get there and how to overcome the roadblocks you might encounter along the way.

Emotional Intelligence: Emotional intelligence is the interpersonal ability to forge or work with other people, in teams, or on a one-to-one. You take the time to understand others and build the skills to connect.

Persistence: You are not a quitter. No matter how difficult a job is or how long it takes to accomplish, you have your eyes on the prize. Being able to endure and continuing, despite obstacles is a key indicator of a leader.

Reliability: You stick to a schedule, you arrive on time, you deliver what as well as when you say you will deliver. Other people know they can depend on you.

Developer of Relationships: You take the time and the effort to see other people’s strengths (and weaknesses). As you develop the inter-personal relationships to develop these strengths in order to build synergies and get things done more efficiently.

Strategic Thinking: You understand why you are doing something. You grasp the necessity behind the task and how it fits into an over-arching goal. You think about how best to utilize resources to reach your goal. You are able to make the connections between the different stages of a plan.

Being Organized: From time-keeping to planning to reporting, good organization ensures that things go to plan in the allocated time.

Meticulousness: Good enough is not enough for you. You pay attention to the smallest detail. You are a holistic thinker – thorough and particular in your approach to everything.

Being Humble: Good leaders are those who have the humility to listen to others, recognize and reward them and in doing so, inspire, and motivate them to work together around a shared vision.

Authenticity: It is easier than you think to spot someone who is insincere or prone to “schmoozing.” Real leaders are just that – they are real. They believe in what they do and say. Your charm is genuine.

Take a moment to reflect on how many of these attributes you say are innate to your personality? And how many do you have to work on developing? Leadership, like all other skills, is something that can be actively refined, developed, and improved over time.

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What about the tech role and how to immerse yourself into the field!

5 Tips to Help You Land a Tech Job

At this time, where every industry has its tech department or team, tech roles are more than significant. Flashing before our eyes, technology is evolving and sufficiently integrated into our lives. 

Today’s tech roles are beyond the startup tech companies.

There are many different ways to getting into tech role. Some follow studies in a university or college to become a tech professional, and others may start from scratch and getting experience working as tech assistant, year after year. However, one thing is for sure you don’t need a degree to break into tech. The beauty about the industry is that not everyone needs to be technical, there are many professionals that made it with a non-traditional background.

Spoiler alert, there is no magic formula on how to land a tech role but the one common factor is that every employer looks for a new employee that can add value.

If you want to become a tech professional and start building a career in technology sector, we have some tips for you to help.

1. Evaluate your skills

Conduct a self-analysis as your first step to begin with. Find out and make a list of your best skill and those you need to achieve. This phase will help you transition to another role. Assess more of your existing skills, values, and preferences.

Lack of direct experience is not a barrier to enter the tech space. Employers and companies value transferable skills as it makes teams become better with problem-solving. The main thing to work with is how can it be possible to transfer your skills from one experience to the next.

The good think is that you might already possess these skills, but you need to learn how to communicate them well.

2. Find a role that fits you

Once you know where your strengths lie, find titles and roles that fit you and your goals. Here you need to research and explore areas of tech that you are interested in. Look for programs that had helped several people understand the industry, pick up on the tech lingo, learn from experts about the roles and real-world examples, while expanding their network.

Once you find a role, focus on the description of the role to understand what the day-to-day of the role is and what is needed to excel in that role. Then start picking out keywords and matching the skills you already have. You might be surprised to find out that you already have the skills need to break into tech.

3. Revamp your resume and LinkedIn

You have about 7 seconds to get the attention of a recruiter. The key here is to make it simple and show the recruiter that you are qualified. By now you have all the information to revamp your resume and LinkedIn by using keywords and skills about the role. HR experts have mentioned these 4 components to be critical in your resume:

Resume objective or summary: Make your objective and summary align to the role and the value you add to the company

Work experience: List your experience in chronological order and add any data from previous roles

Skills: Highlight any software or unique skills in a creative way, this can be shown by unique bullets and coloring to make it easier for the recruiter to scan through

Education & Certifications: Show at the end your credentials and accolades

Lastly, you have all the content to use to revamp your LinkedIn. Make sure to take out jargons that do not apply to this new role and update your profile/introduction to communicate more about the new role.

4. Fill the gap

It is time to go forward and progress to level up your skills, possessed or new ones. At this stage, investing your time, resource, effort is essential to help you advance and stand out in the application process. If you have the majority of the skills met but you lack some, you can fill the gap by taking one or several of these steps to fill the gap:

  • Take a boot camp or courses in the field you have identified
  • Learn about the industry from all the free videos by influencers or professionals
  • Find a mentor who is already in the role and industry you would like to pursue
  • Read books, articles and sign up for newsletters
  • Do some stretch assignments or free work to implement what you have learned. This will help you showcase portfolios or case studies.

5. Connect & Network!

Now that you have done the majority of the work, make sure to connect and network. At this point, a good reference from an employee goes a long way. Connect with people on LinkedIn, ask for informational interviews or phone chats, join clubs and organizations like Product South to expand your network. Remember, your network is your net worth!

In conclusion, when people ask “Do I need to code or get an engineering degree to get in tech?” We always say no! It takes a lot of effort, dedication, and time but you too can break into tech if you follow these tips.

Now, feel confident and get out there, get that job!

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Posted on 11 Mar 2021

New curricula for albanian agriculture vet schools

One of SpoonbillNest’s main goals is to update and improve the school curricula, especially for vocational education and training schools. That is why we have had discussions with “Mihal Shahini” VET school and Solar Green Education (Spain) to create a new program. We are happy to announce that we have come up with the pilot program “Sustainable Curricula for Albanian Agriculture VET Schools” and we plan to start with “Mihal Shahini” school. The program will consist of three courses:

• Sustainable Agriculture
• Sustainable Water Management
• Sustainable Energy

The Sustainable Agriculture Course is a one-year, 216-hour course, with an emphasis on the preservation of the places and processes for future viability, sustainability, and growth. It will cover topics such as soil conservation and management, soil drainage and water supply, managing farm equipment, and sustainable plant propagation. It will also discuss Value Chain Models for areas such as fruit and vegetable chain, the forest value chain, including forest and plantation management; and grain and seed value chains, including the production of grains and seeds, the concentrated foot plant, and processing grains for human consumption. The main focus will be on sustainable methodologies that promote the long-term viability and health of the soil, water, and food supply.


Sustainable Water Management is a 36-hour course that focuses on the quality and safety of drinkable water. It covers topics such as microbiological aspects, chemical aspects, and physical aspects of water. It also covers the industrial process, pretreatments, coagulation, flocculation, decantation, filtration, and disinfection through which drinking water undergoes.


Lastly, Sustainable Energy is a 36-hour course as well. The focus of this course will be on renewable energy such as wind and solar energy. More specifically it will discuss what type of sustainable energy can be used locally. This course will also include a practice module for the installment and maintenance of solar panels.


The implementation of this program will start immediately after the approval from the Curriculum Approval Directorate of Albania. The first step will be to train teachers to deliver such knowledge to the students. They will get trained by Solar Green Education, in order to have the same standard. Later on, they will be able to start the application of the curricula and train the students of Mihal Shahini VET school and effectively prepare them for the future. Currently, we are still waiting on the approval, but we are positive about the outcome. This is only our first step toward improving Albanian Agriculture VET schools.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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