I replied to an ad for a Store Manager position recently. I was sent an e-mail this week by the talent aquisitions person of this well known company who asked me if I would be available to do a phone interview on such and such a day. I have never done a phone interview has anyone else?
Phne interbiews are a very effective recruiting tool. Especially in this economy where talent is spread all across the country. Someone in ME can interview for a job in CA.
Nothing wrong with phone interviews. As a matter of fact I prefer them as I can do one while on break at my current job instead of having to take the entire day off.
Maybe the recruiter is based in a state other than where the position is advertised.
Too many pros than cons to phone interviewing.
(Now you cannot say Affirmative action had something to do with you getting the job unless you spoke with a stereotypical language and used stereotypical slang in which case you would not be hired anyways. You will not be able to claim your tatoos prevented you from getting the job and so on and so forth)
Yes, Phone interviews seem to be the norm currently. Usually this cuts down on expense travel etc and also filters out unlikely candidates. Once the company has a shortlist prepared, they will call the most likely candidates in for a face to face interview.
they are very common, it was just catching on before I became disabled.. They interview you by phone and then if they like you , you will usually get a second interview set up, the second being in person, face to face..
do not worry about it, it is a very common practice, especially with big name companies.
I had to APPLY for a job over the phone once by leaving a 5 minute promotion of why I wanted the job - all into an answering machine. I did get invited for an interview but had found a better job while I waited. It really felt weird!
I have but only once, and it ws with one of the major fastfood chains. It was a good job, they had profit sharing for the management, and in a three and half month period of time i was able to save up two thousand dollars and still paid all my bills too
The plus is they can't see if you're nervous. So just don't sound like you're nervous. (That is if you do get nervous) Breathe normally and remember to smile. You can tell if the person on the other line is smiling or not.
Benakoa and Wayne thanks for the good advice Irish I am not sure I understand the relevence but I am sure there is in interesting tale in that Ultimate I actually do hope I get the position. I really need to go back to work. My hubby and I are suffering from to much closeness and since he is disabled I need to get out of the house.
An interview over the phone could work to your advantage. You could write down some questions they maybe likely to ask you along with your answers, that way you can refer to your notes and answers. Which you can't do face to face. Good luck.
Phone interviews have become quite common as of late. They are like a second round qualifier, if your resume or application gets noticed you will get a call. Some of these are in depth, others are usually performed by HR departments as prescreening. If you make through this process, you may get a face-to-face interview with the hiring authority.
I have had experiences with multiple telephone interviews, first a prescreening with HR department, then the HR manager, then a conference call with HR and the Hiring Authorities and finally in-person interviews singularly and then by committee.
I've had a ton of phone and Skype interviews...but then again, I am a freelancer and I live out in the middle of nowhere. When I did VA work everyone wanted to talk to me before they hired me, and now anyone with a large project or ongoing work generally wants to talk to me before handing it over to me. It's more convenient for everyone concerned than meeting in person, and in the case of distance is a great way for a potential employer to connect with you and get a feel for what kind of person you are. I agree that writing down answers to some common questions is a good idea if you're worried about it, but don't forget to just be yourself, especially since you're applying for a management position.
Try this as a suggestion...if no one has told you this tip yet on "Phone Interviews"
Human Resource Management Phone Interview/Conversation Tip: Smile while you are talking...believe it or not...you can tell the differance on the other end of the phone...it helps radiate confidence, positive attitude, good personality, etc. in your voice. It is even recommended to have a mirror in front of you to be sure you are smiling the whole time.
Best of fortune...and Success to you in your Phone Interview.
Thanks Everyone I appreciate all the wonderful advice, and insights. Cross your fingers for me I really need this to work out. The position is right up my alley, close to home, and the company has been around forever. Send me good Hubbervibes on this one!
congrats! I think phone interviews are popular now as pre-screening because there are so many applicants. also group interviews are popular for this reason to screen those who are most interested and qualified.