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?
Phone interviews are as common as face to face interview nowadays what with skype and things.
Don't worry, go for it!
Best of luck
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)
Maybe the recruiter telecomutes? Maybe the recruiter is from India!
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.
It all depends if the phone would want to ask the questions or answer them...you can do nought but try!!
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
Thanks thirdmillenium, its all new to me but yes I will go for it.
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.
A friend of mine get drunk one night after having a row with his wife, unable to face her he asked me if I would go to his house and tell her he loved her....I did....we did.....and they got divorced
I have done that a couple of times. Didn't get the job though and thankfully so.
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.
Are we living the same life?? I wish you the best of luck!!
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.
A phone interview isn't unusual, it's actually used to whittle away on a large list of applicants they are interested in. 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.
I've done lots of phone interviews for articles I've been assigned. I found, however, that email usually worked better for me and for the person being interviewed.
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.
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!
Thanks everyone for wishing me well! It must have gone ok she said I made it to the second round which was an online assesment that took me two hrs. Now I am crossing my fingers again!
I once phoned one of those chat lines, and I was asked if I was going to pay with American Express...is that a telephone interview...sort of
I sort of figured that is what was going on.
I am now waiting for a reply to my assesment. I am crossing my fingers. I would love to have this position.
Irish Yeah sort of I guess maybe?
Yippee! Made it to the third portion of the interview process. I have a face to face interview tomorrow!!!
P.S. Thanks Marissa Wright after reading your hub about Resume Writing I immediately updated mine. This is the first company I sent the updated one too.
Thank-you Dame Scribe, You have no idea how badly I need this job. I have been out of work since Sept. and it is getting really tight at my house if you know what I mean.
Well I got this Job!! Just found out this morning. Starts Monday and I am so excited!
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.
good luck with your new position!
gramarye yes it felt extremly wierd. but it woked out good for me!
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