Telephone Interviews

Donald Steiny Business English, Resources Leave a Comment

Here are some links that give advice that will be helpful during a telephone interview.

Here is some advice from Balance Careers.  Their website is a treasure trove of good advice for job seekers.

Here is another link that has similar advice and a few other ideas from Career Intelligence.

One thing these links do not emphasize enough is the importance of questions. I one had only 15 minutes for an interview that was supposed to be an hour an said, “well, do you mind if I ask you a few questions?”  At the end of the 15 minutes, he asked me to come in for an on-site interview.

I have one key piece of advice for this.

Imagine that they have just hired you and you are walking in the door to do your job.

You can find out about the company culture, pay, and work-life balance on Glassdoor.  Research your role and ask about it from the perspective of someone who is doing that job.

If you are trying to get a job as a Javascript programmer you need to know if the backend is PHP,  Java, Node.js and how your frontend code interacts with the backend.  If you are applying for jobs in marketing you need to know how they do the market research, develop the advertising material, and their general philosophy towards marketing? If you are applying to a biotech company you need to know more about the specific product you will be working on.  What stage are they in trials, how are they doing the genetic manipulation, and other specific things you will need to know to do your job.

They will ask you, “do you have any questions for us” and that’s the time to shine by showing that you completely understand the role.