(Closed) What to expect for a phone interview?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
3943 posts
Honey bee

@accorn: Phone interviews are usually just to get a feel for what you are like. They will probably ask you more details about your last job, why you are looking, what kind of pay, and any other details like hours, location, etc.

It’s usually pretty informal. Good luck!

Post # 4
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m a career counsellor and I get this question all the time.  Expect the same questions you would get in a face-to-face interview.  They’re testing you to see if you warrant a F2F or not.  Smile when you’re talking, sound enthusiastic about everything.  Don’t say ANYTHING negative and I mean ANYTHING.  And have your resume in front of you for reference.  Oh also, make sure there isn’t any background distractions (ie. kids, dog, tv).  Good Luck!

Post # 5
6248 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

I did a phone interview once.  It led to a regular in-person interview.

I remember reading that it was a good idea to actually get dressed up in some kind of business attire.  Apparently you will sound more professional if you act/look the part.  I suppose they have a point… if I talk on the phone in my pajamas I’m more likely to curl up on the couch and get comfy.  They also said sit in a regular chair, upright, not laying down. 

It’s also important to smile when you’re talking on the phone.  People can actually tell when you’re smiling over the phone.  If it helps, have a mirror where you are sitting so that you can gauge your emotions.  (I opted for no mirror because I didn’t want to get distracted trying to watch myself talk in the mirror and end up not listening to the interviewer.)

Make sure you aren’t on the computer and don’t have your cell phone with you either.  You don’t want any distractions, including pets or kids.  Just because it’s a phone interview doesn’t mean you should be less professional. 

If you don’t understand what they are saying, do exactly what you would do in a regular interview.  Ask them politely to repeat the question or ask them what they meant specifically about it.

Good luck!

Post # 6
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@accorn: Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification. Also, don’t feel the need to fill all scilences. 

You *will* at some point talk over each other, it always happens on phone interviews.

It will feel wierd, and awkward.

It helps me if I get dressed nicely (eventhough it’s just on the phone) so I feel more “professional”.

I had a phone interview that I didn’t think went very well, but I ended up getting called back for 2nd and 3rd round interviews on site. 

The guy I interviewed with on the phone seemed aloof and cold, but when I met him in person was great and personable.

So if you don’t immediately feel good about it, don’t write the job off.

Post # 7
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

It’s basically no different than a face-to-face interview but you can be in your pajamas instead of a suit!

Being serious though, they’ll ask you the same types of things they would in-person.  But you can have your resume and cover letter right in frount of you to reference if that helps your nerves any.

Good luck!

ETA: I have done a lot of phone interviews as I’ve interviewed for many out-of-state jobs.  They always start off with a phone interview before deciding if you’re worth flying out for a face-to-face.

Post # 9
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

You should treat it like any other job interview, Go to google and look up possible interview questions for your position and try and prepare as much as possible.

Good luck!

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