Phone interviews are part of most hiring processes. For the interviewer, it's a way to talk one-on-one with the best candidates and narrow down the field. For the person being interviewed, however, it's incredibly stressful. If it goes well, it gives you the chance to advance to the next step and possibly get the job. If it goes badly, it can be the end of what you'd hoped for. Even though the preparation can be scary, the more you do, the easier they'll go.

Here are thoughts that you have before, during, and after a phone interview.

1. I don’t know how to prepare for this.

2. Will this be better than an in-person interview?

3. At least I can have my resume to look at during this.

4. I’ve lost count of how many tips for phone interviews I’ve read.

5. How can I make myself sound hireable through just my voice?

6. What am I supposed to do if they don’t call me?

7. I’m not even sure I want the phone to ring.

8. Oh no, the phone’s ringing. Here goes nothing.

9. I hope these answers sound intelligent.

10. This is going better than I thought it would.

11. At least, that’s what I think.

12. I honestly can’t remember anything I said.

13. I did the best that I could.

14. I’m so glad it’s over...

15. ... Until the next time I have to do a phone interview, that is!