(Closed) I have a phone interview Monday, but can't start work until next month!

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
930 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Just be open about your situation.  If they like you enough, they will work on your timeline

Post # 4
934 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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 # 6
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@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
1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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.

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