The Phone Interview
By David Moir
Most of the time the interview process starts on the phone! For example, a recruiter may call you first with information about a job or company that is looking to hire. Whether you’re actively looking for a job or passively testing the waters, the first interview is always important. If the basics of the job sound good to you (good location, good company, good pay, etc), it’s time for the next step!
When you’re scheduling an initial phone interview, it’s important to know three things.
1) Who will be calling you (their title or role with the company)
2) A little about what to expect or what questions they may ask (so you can prepare)
3) What TIME they’ll be calling (of course!)
When the phone actually rings, be prepared to ask good questions. Remember, this is also a great time for you to discover what YOU need to know. That’s right, it’s just as important for you to learn about the company and the job as it is for them to learn about you! Don’t hang up the phone without feeling comfortable that your skills fit what they are looking for. Do not hesitate to “peel back some layers” in asking questions yourself.
The last thing that you want to happen is to finish a phone interview, get invited in for a personal interview, only to discover this particular opportunity isn’t for you.
Don’t waste your/their time on the phone. Make it count!