A job interview on the phone is often is a first interview or the meeting could be a screening by a recruiter, to determine if your application will move to next step of the interview process. Meaning, they will or will not invite you to an in-person interview, which is naturally the next step. This is a way for an employer to filter out unqualified job applicants.
A phone meeting is a good sign that they liked what they saw on your resume and are interested in learning more about your qualifications. The phone interview is just as important as a face-to-face interview.
Depending on a company’s hiring strategy, a recruiter will call you from an agency, that was hired by the company to locate a job candidate. When a recruiter calls you, you will be put through their screening process to determine if they should present your resume to the client (the hiring company).
If you are contacted directly by the company for a phone job interview, chances are they are interested in you, but are “fishing” to learn more about you and your goals.
A phone interview is an important first contact of communication, as this prepares you for an in-person interview. Sometimes there will be more than one person on the call.
During a phone job interview, managers will ask themselves "Can this candidate do the job?" and you will be asking yourself "Can I or do I want to do this job?"
A phone interview is a great way for you to practice answering questions in person, but on the phone. This is your chance to learn more about the company and position, as they are learning more about you.
This is a perfect opportunity for you to use the What To Ask in an Interview Guide and Form, which is included in the Chronological package. The guide includes detailed questions and space to take notes for each question.
You don’t want to say "no", when they ask (and they will) “Do you have any questions for me?”
Have your resume, job description and What to Ask in an Interview guide and form in front of you
This is important, because they will ask you “ So can you do...?” or "What is your experience with...” They are asking you these types of questions because they are looking for specific experience and qualifications that are listed in the job posting. You can comfortably reference your resume and job posting.
You are so excited to get a phone interview, that you forget your name. So of course you may not remember everything you included on your resume that is referenced during the phone job interview.
One of the most important questions you can ask, after all other questions is:
“After speaking with you, I am interested in this position. What are the next steps in the interview process?”
A phone job interview is only a scary process if you are not prepared. To get the What to Ask in an Interview Guide and Form, visit the Chronological Resume product page. You can do this!