Telephone interviewing has some compelling advantages. It is cost effective and often convenient and expedient. As an added benefit it is free from appearance-based bias. Often telephone interviews are used as one of the series of steps leading up to a face-to-face interview. In particular common uses include initial candidate screening, to differentiate similar applicants and to obtain missing or more in-depth information, often of a technical nature. Some organizations use the phone interview to ensure complete understanding by the job candidate of the job description.
Applicants should be sure to set-up a properly created interview space for the interview:
What Employers Want to Hear in a Telephone Interview:
Employers Don’t Want to Hear:
Don’t forget to keep a log of job titles and organizations to which you have applied. This way you will be better prepared if you are called unexpectedly. Usually, when a call is unscheduled it is best to try to arrange a scheduled time so you can do your homework in the mean time.
Finally, if you would like to schedule a mock interview with Career Services you can do so by calling 410-543-6075 or Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . Indicate if you would like a mock interview of a phone interview