Post # 1
So I’m freaking out a bit. I applied for a job online as a management trainee yesterday and just got an email today from the HR department asking to do a phone interview with me on Monday afternoon. I honestly didn’t think I had a shot at getting the job, but thought “what the hell, getting my name out there won’t hurt.” The thing is though, I’m going to basically be gone all of next month and I can’t legally work yet seeing as I haven’t landed as a permanent resident yet. So now I’m wondering how I should approach this in my interview. Does anyone have any tips or advice? I haven’t been interviewed for a position in awhile.
Post # 3
Just be open about your situation. If they like you enough, they will work on your timeline
Post # 4
I am not sure if you should mention that in the interview – if they come back at you with an offer, that might be a better time to discuss your start date. Also, they may take a while to do the interviews, get the interviewers together to evaluate, send the evaluations to HR and then actually extend an offer. So it might take longer than you think.
If they ask you in the interview when you can start – try not to give a firm date (I did this once and it bit me in the ass. I told them 2 weeks to give me time to quit my current job and move across the province, and they gave the job to the girl who told them she could literally start the next day. And she did.)
As for phone interviews…they are difficult! I always formally introduce myself after I answer the call, and usually the interviewers follow suite. Other advice…smile smile smile and smile some more! People can hear it in your voice. I would also sit up at a table somewhere, and wear interview clothes – it will get you in the mood for interviewing. You should also prepare a cheat sheet of the research you have done on the institution, so you can work that in somewhere. Oh yes, do a lot of research! And prepare questions in advance – sometimes they will be answered during the course of the interview, but others might pop up.
I dunno if any of those helped or if you already knew them, but good luck!!!
Post # 5
@LilacViolet: Thanks for the advice! I’ve actually been sort of prepping out loud to myself about what to say and what not. I’ll also work on a cheat sheet. I didn’t think about that, but I will make one since I know sometimes I can become so nervous when getting interviewed that my mind feels like it wants to go blank on me, haha.
Post # 6
@Tarheelgurl: I am very active in interviewing people in our department. ONLY mention this if they ask when you are available to start. usually the interview process takes a few weeks (at least) and then they give you a few weeks once you are offered the job before you start. So a month away from your first interview shouldnt be a problem. I wouldnt go into the details of why a month if they do ask, just say…I would be available to start on April ** or whatever. if they ask why you can go into it but they probably wont. the average time frame from when I first do the first “phone screen interview” until they are offered the job is usually a month. because usually after th ephone screening you need to do a face to face interview. and sometimes there are multiple face to face interviews. Good luck!!!!!
Post # 7
My phone interviews always include a question about whether the candidate is legally entitled to work in the united states. You should be prepared to be truthful if you are asked about your status.
Post # 8
So I wanted to thank the bees who responded to this thread. I really was nervous and took all of ya’lls advice though. And I got the job! I ended up having three different interviews and everyone who I interviewed with said I passed with flying colours. So thanks everyone. 🙂
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