Phone interview suggestions?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
3009 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I interview a lot of candidates at my job so I have some background on this. Our phone interviews are usually just a 30-min screen to see if the person is well-spoken, knows about the job details (and has the real experience to fit, aka not lying on their resume to get an interview), and is friendly.

It will most likely be you going through your resume, highlighting your education, and giving more detail on your relevant work experience. If your past work isn’t directly related to this job or is somewhat different, you can prepare by having a list of skills you learned in your last job that would make you a great fit for this job (i.e. working independently day to day but collaborating on group projects, or doing a lot of research to help with client presentations, etc. – whatever applies to the job).

Be friendly, elaborate on any questions you are asked (avoid short responses!), and do NOT get too casual even though you know who the interviewer is. Professionalism comes across on the phone and it’s better to err on the side of more professional than more casual.


Good luck!

Post # 4
825 posts
Busy bee

@lookingforadvice77:  Typically the first phone interview is to weed out anyone who is unqualified but happened to get by HR or has no idea where they applied/applied only in a ‘blanket’ application. You should for sure know: 

  • Why you want to work there. Do some background research on the company. Even though you’re aquiantences, show her that you’ve done your footwork. 
  • What specifically makes you qualified to work there AND a good fit for the company. If you know anyone else at the company, you can call and ask what they look for in new employees. 

Post # 5
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I recently had a phone interview… Be prepared by knowing about the company you have applied for and the role… also dont assume the interviewer knows the company – I talked about how I thought a job would have a lot of processes, procedures, admin etc.. when all I really needed to do was describe the purpose of the role. Be prepared for behavioural questions “what is a scenario you have found challanging? how did you respond?” etc… be prepared for some curve balls and dont be deterred by them. I was asked to list all the uses I could think of for rubber bands and just had to make it work. As for knowing the person knowing you I would be personable but not make small talk the interviews are usually pretty driven by answers and questions (thanks for stating the obvious there) If she knows what you do make sure that the situations and skills you refer to are accurate. 

All the best!

Post # 9
3009 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@lookingforadvice77:  Yes I always save about 7-10 minutes at the end of the call to let the interviewee ask me anything about the company, the team, the role itself, the culture, etc. These are questions I get a lot that are pretty standard:

– What are the personality traits you look for that make someone good at this job? (Similarly – what three words would you use to describe the ideal candidate?)

– What is the team environment like? (I usually talk about the camraderie, everyone eats lunch together, we do a lot of happy hours, etc.)

– What is a normal “day in the life” for a new hire here?

– How many and what types of clients do you have?

– What is the biggest obstacle/hardest thing to learn/most difficult part for new hires?

– How much travel is involved and what is that like?

– What’s your favorite thing about the job/company?

Post # 10
1452 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Smile while you talk! You can hear it through the phone and it will give you a friendly vibe. 🙂

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