How To Handle The Phone Interview

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3 Strategies for Making it Past the Initial 5-Second Resume Scan » How To Handle The Phone Interview “Today is yesterday’s pupil.&# – - Thomas Fuller Recently, hiring managers and recruiters have turned to the phone interview as a method of cutting down their enormous list of applicants to a select few who are eligible for an in-person interview. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t succeed at a phone interview.

College Career Centers Are Challenged in Preparing Students for Work

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  This summer, we worked with the National Association of Colleges and Employers , an organization that connects career services professionals with HR professionals, to conduct a series of phone interviews and a formal survey with college career center directors.   Career centers can also work with third-parties to offer free online and on-campus career readiness bootcamps and mentoring initiatives, and connect with local industry via meet-and-greets with students.

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I was offered an interview — until they found out my current salary

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So I submitted my resume and cover letter and heard back within a day with an invitation to have a preliminary phone interview. I work at an organization that pays entry-level much more than most other places in D.C., I also gave him the time that I would be available for a phone interview, based on the availability he had given me for two days away.

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should managers always know their employees’ salaries, an insulting job offer, and more

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Should I be insulted by this job offer? I was flown into town for an in-person interview following a successful phone interview. During both interviews, we went through a round of hypotheticals in addition to detailing the specifics of my past experience on my resume. She said instead of hiring me for the position they’d been interviewing me for for weeks, they’d like to offer me an entry-level position in the same department.

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should I turn down a job offer I was excited about until I met the CEO?

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A reader writes: I’m in my 30s, and looking to transition from teaching (English) into something more scalable and content focused — entry-level marketing, copywriting, or editing. I’ve had some positive responses to applications, including an interview with my dream company, but haven’t landed anything quite yet (I’ve only been searching for a few weeks, and dream company rightfully went with someone with four years experience). interviewing

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resume review offer ends at midnight tonight

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager resume review offer ends at midnight tonight March 31, 2011 As I mentioned yesterday , I wildly underestimated what the response would be to my resume review offer , so I’m going to end it earlier than the one-week period I’d initially planned. And I hope people who get theirs looked at this time around can come back with a story that it helped them get the interview and/or the job! is that interview question legal?

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3 Strategies for Making it Past the Initial 5-Second Resume Scan

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CareerAlley Career advice, job search advice and job search site reviews Comments By Email Posts Jobs powered by Simply Hired « How To Handle The Phone Interview Where in the World is Your Job Search? Keep the content concise, and highlight the critical information the hiring manager needs in order to make the decision to call for the interview. Visit me on Facebook Tweet Related posts: Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviews, Oh My!

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Stay Connected – Is Your Job Search Wi-Fi Ready?

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CareerAlley Career advice, job search advice and job search site reviews Comments By Email Posts Jobs powered by Simply Hired « If Pigs Could Fly How To Handle The Phone Interview » Stay Connected – Is Your Job Search Wi-Fi Ready? INTERVIEW, the prep, the questions you may get and the postscript!

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in a long interview process, can I ask about salary? — Ask a Manager

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager in a long interview process, can I ask about salary? January 5, 2011 A reader writes: I had a great second phone interview with a company I think would be perfect. Next, she wants me to phone interview with her boss, and THEN it’s some in-person interviews with CEOs, etc. Should I have brought it up with the interviewer today? It makes the whole rest of the interview irrelevant.

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should I let a fellow alum and rejected job applicant know what she’s doing wrong?

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At most firms in my industry, this is slightly above entry-level. I did a phone interview and liked her, so I offered to put her on the schedule for an in-person interview with our team the next week. As you can see from my experience I am no longer entry level so I want to make sure all is productive before making any trips.” A reader writes: I’ve been managing my office’s recruiting and hiring process.

Are College Graduates in HR Setting Their Sights Too High?

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I’m going to find an incredible entry-level HR career (not job, of course… jobs are for high schoolers and careers are for adults.) I quickly realized as I began interviewing for HR positions how scarce they are in an entry-level capacity with no graduate degree and no experience. I consider myself an interview “master.” Well, I wanted to land an interview with Time Inc. I landed a phone interview the next day. Tweet.

What are the Different Types of Video Interviews?


In fact, many organizations are using the power of digital technology to conduct video interviews with job candidates. We’ll explore two types of video interviews and video interviewing in this post: one-way video interviews and live video interviews. One-Way Video Interviews: Asynchronous. It’s asynchronous because the interview participants act independently. Are One-Way Video Interviews For You? The “I Hate Phone Screens” Recruiter.

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How to Hire for the Retail Industry


This includes making it easy for an applicant to reach a real live person by email or phone – even better in-person. When I call someone to do a phone interview, I can normally tell within the first 5 minutes if someone on the other line in personable or not. When employees are naturally interested in the products or services that you company offers, it makes it simple for them to educate the customers. The lovely world of retail.

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The Top 50 Job Hunting Blogs

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Jobacle strives to make your work better by offering career advice, employment news, and office humor. is developed by Bonnie Lowe, the author of Job Interview Success System , a step-by-step guide for getting hired. Her blog offers several helpful links to job boards, tools, free books, and resume tips with samples. Want to know “How to have a good phone interview,&# check out the article archives to find out.

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JOB SEARCH! INTERVIEW, the prep, the questions you may get and the.

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INTERVIEW, the prep, the questions you may get and the postscript! “ Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. ” – Steve Jobs Author Byline: Authored by: Ron Cottick, CPC, CHRM Author Website: [link] Interviews are usually stressful events for candidates. What will the INTERVIEW team be looking for, what kind of questions will they ask and how should you prep? Hiring managers have an objective when they INTERVIEW.

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interviewer wants to know my current salary (with an update already included!)

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In September I received this letter: I’ve interviewed with a great company that I am very interested in. I’m close to getting an offer. At my first phone interview, they told me the salary range — about 30%-50% above what I’m paid now. They asked for references, and talked about putting together an offer letter. How do I answer this without handicapping the offer they’ll make?

was I right to turn down this interview with a jerk?

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A reader writes: I’m writing to you because I just turned down my first job interview, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. On the one hand, I feel really bad because the job market is tough these days (particularly with an entry-level employee like me) but on the other hand, judging by the way the guy handled scheduling the interview, I did not want to work for him. The phone conversation went down thusly: HR: “Can you come in at 1 pm today?”

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3 Tips For Preparing For A Job Interview

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In the event an advert actually reaches your eyes, you’re automatically pitted against overqualified, highly experienced professionals chasing the same entry-level and mid-tier roles. When your phone blows up with invitations and possibilities, you think, I will make them like me. But interviews are not psychology lessons or manipulations. Here are three tips for preparing for a job interview: 1. Do you know anyone who’s interviewed with the company?

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What to Do When You Hate Your First Job

Ms. Career Girl

Admittedly, it’s my fault for not doing better research on the company or the position; but at the time I was an anxious college senior who was ecstatic just to have an offer on the table. If not, it might mean you really are in the wrong role or that the company doesn’t offer the opportunity for advancement you are looking for- both very important factors to consider. DO NOT QUIT YOUR JOB UNTIL YOU HAVE ACCEPTED ANOTHER OFFER. Be honest, yet positive, while interviewing.

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a recruiter emailed me a dozen annoying interview questions to complete, Phi Beta Kappa on a resume, and more

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Recruiter emailed me a dozen annoying interview questions to complete. I had a phone screen with a large corporation for a program manager role. After a 10 minute conversation, the recruiter emailed me over a dozen interview questions that he asked me to complete, including: • Share with me some of your areas of improvements or strengths. Interview questions that don’t match my experience. Was this an awkward way of making a job offer?

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tiny answer Tuesday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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A few days later, I was contacted by an internal recruiter to set up an initial phone screening. We set up the screening, which went well, and the recruiter asked for my availability to set up a phone interview with the department manager and a few days later I had the phone interview. I sent her my resume, and she lined up an interview, which I am very excited about! And their interview question about your studies doesn’t change that.).

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short answer Sunday: 7 short answers to 7 short questions — Ask a.

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Here we go: Asking for a quick decision when you have another offer I was offered a job on Friday, but I have second interview with a company I like on Monday. At the end of the second interview, how do I tell them I have been made an offer and need a decision on this job in a day? I do have another offer that I need to make a decision on quickly. I interviewed with their GM, Sales Manager and their assistant Sales Manager. You suck, interviewer!

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negotiating pay when filling in for a maternity leave, bankruptcy cooties, and more

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I’m in an entry-level role at my company due to a poorly-executed career change, so I’m older than the colleagues at my level. I can also say goodbye to a permanent offer in that case. Well, it’s very unlikely that they’re going to pay someone currently in an entry-level role anything even approaching $70K more. Employer wants my Social Security number before I’m even interviewed.

tiny answer Tuesday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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In my job search since March, it seems that all professional level jobs (outside of the IT industry) are offering extremely low salaries across the board. They are asking for five years of experience in associate level positions yet only offering entry level salaries, that were entry-level ten years ago! Responding to a job rejection by phone. Yeah, this is why I think all rejections should come by email , not phone.

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my new employee says he won’t help a coworker, my boss suggested I cry, and more

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At the time he was hired, we were filling two roles, one at mid level and one at entry level, and they both started last week. He did not interview well enough to earn the mid-level position, but we offered him the entry-level role as we thought he’d be a good fit and he accepted. Should I have been offered a phone interview since I’m six hours away? It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

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if I didn’t have enough experience, why did they bother to interview me?

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A reader writes: I found out a couple days ago that I didn’t even pass the 20-minute phone screening to the next round of interviews for a job I applied for, and it’s really a huge blow of confidence. I applied to a position a couple weeks ago at a dream company and I got an email saying the recruiter was interested in setting up a phone screening. If I wasn’t a match then, why allowed the phone interview to take place?

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Valentine's Day round-up

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how can I convince my husband I can’t accept a job offer on his behalf? when your ex is a coworker — and a silly one (and the later update ) entry-level job search with boyfriend recruiter I met at career expo asked me on a date — what do I do? how can I convince my husband I can’t accept a job offer on his behalf? is that interview question legal? in a long interview process, can I ask about salary? what was your worst interview?

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short answer Saturday: another job search edition — Ask a Manager

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Should I offer to work for free so a company can try me out? I offered to come in and have the arrangement be a trial unpaid internship to familiarize myself with the operations of this organization and see if they like me. Ideally you wouldn’t name a range at all (see this and this ), but if you have to, I’d go with a spread of $10,000-$20,000, depending on your salary level. (If Why do employers bother to interview if the job just dissolves in the end?

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answering questions from your old employer after you've moved on

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager answering questions from your old employer after you’ve moved on February 21, 2011 A reader writes: I have submitted my two weeks notice and am wondering what I should do if after I have left, if they contact me for phone support? I’m thinking soon after I could be polite and offer some level of help but where do I draw the line and say “hey guys, I&# m not getting paid for this. is that interview question legal?

2011 59

I fell asleep on the job — on my first day

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I’ve had several interviews over the last year of job searching, but not so much luck. By September, after having a phone interview and an in-person interview, I was offered an entry-level position with the company and I was ecstatic. But I truly need some help as to how to address this on applications and in interviews.

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short answer Saturday — 6 short answers to 6 short questions

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Asking for feedback after a phone interview. Would you also recommend doing this if you had an initial phone interview but didn’t get to the next step? Sure, you can absolutely try that, especially if you had a rapport with the interviewer. My manager did tell me they were reclassifying the position higher, as it would no longer be entry level, so I was aware that would increase the pay. Why do I have to interview with HR?

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short answer Sunday: 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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Recently I applied for a job where a friend works (but in a different department) and had a positive initial phone interview. She refused, and then offered for me to write my own recommendation that she would submit. However, I’m job searching at the moment and plan to go out and hand my resume all over town (whilst hopefully snagging some interviews!). I’m looking for anything in retail (excluding fashion) at an entry-level.

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my coworker is routinely late because of she stops for coffee, letting a man open a door at an interview, and more

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A further concern is that we are in the midst of recruiting (two offers have been made to new grads and we expect them to start within two months). These new employees will be at the same level, and doing similar work at Sansa (they’ll be more or less equals), and I’m worried Sansa is setting a bad precedent. I’m not Sansa’s direct manager, but I do have seniority over her (I’m middle management, she is entry level).

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oh my

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager oh my March 30, 2011 Update to the resume feedback offer : The response was higher than I’d thought it would be, so I may cut this off earlier than the original one week I’d planned on. how to stand out at a job fair short answer Sunday: seven short answers to seven short questions interviewed with the flu; how can I redeem myself? is that interview question legal? in a long interview process, can I ask about salary?

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fast answer Friday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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Alerting other employers that I turned down a job offer. Yesterday I received a job offer. Shortly after receiving the offer, I contacted several organizations that had interviewed me over the past few weeks to notify them of the offer, reiterate my interest in working for them, and seeing if there was any way to expedite the process. I would rather work for these organizations than the one that extended the offer.

2013 54

how can I get a job description, what heels are too high for work, and more

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I just left an informational interview that made me a bit heartbroken. I tried to steer back to the issues, but all he could offer was that the CEO and the Number 2 were horrible people who don’t care about their employees. I started at an entry-level position at a small, 15-person company 6 years ago. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. Should I believe my contact’s warning about his horrible organization?

2014 60

my new hire is badmouthing our business on Twitter, referral bonuses, and more

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I am the manager of a small business and recently made a verbal offer of employment to someone for an entry-level/cashier position. My knee-jerk reaction is to rescind the job offer, but I have doubts about how ethical that would be and the ramifications of it all. After I was given an offer at office 2, a colleague of mine expressed interest in the same position at office 1. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

2014 60

I don’t want to take 2 weeks off, coworker has a “food emergency” every other day, and more

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I graduated college last year and started a full-time job in November (thanks for all your help and advice on resumes, cover letters and interviewing). In this industry and anything related, it’s mandatory each employee, whether entry-level, receptionist, management, admin or board of directors, take two weeks off work in a row once every calendar year. I’ve offered to help out on the things I can and passed on projects that I can’t take on.

2018 35

tiny answer Tuesday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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I’ve hired re-appliers who didn’t even get interviewed the first time around — either because they become a stronger candidate in the interim or because the first time they applied there was a particularly competitive group of candidates or whatever. Following up when an interviewer offers feedback. I had a phone interview with a Senior Manager a couple of weeks back. I currently have a job but I have received another job offer.

2012 56

loose cannons, interviews from the toilet, and other stories of ridiculous job candidates

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During a group interview of a young, techie, candidate, the ED asked him “how would your current supervisor describe you – in a couple of words?”. I stood up and said that the interview was over. Apparently an interviewee was given the advice to sit on the same side of the table as the interviewer. I should have asked her to move but I was so new at recruiting, interviewing and hiring at the time I just kind of froze and tried to work with it.

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terse answer Thursday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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I was honest that many in my age bracket (entry level up to a few years of experience) don’t stick around long-term because promotions here are awarded based on tenure and not performance (another post altogether but trust that this is true and not speculation). It’s worth mentioning that these accounts had not been previously handled by an entry level employee until staff turnover necessitated it.

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fast answer Friday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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The only phone number I have for them is giving me a busy signal. I recently saw a listing for a fairly senior level job (Director of Development) with a family foundation. It was listed through a temp agency (unusual) and I tried to apply through their website, which was awful and tedious, asking ridiculous lower-than-entry-level temp agency type questions. I was asked about my salary requirements during the phone interview, and I responded.

who pays for coffee, combining an interview and a trip, and more

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Should I be offering to pick up the tab, at least some of the time? Is there a way to politely offer to buy my own coffee while not offering to buy his? I could offer to pay her back — but although I really appreciate a coffee, I wouldn’t have purchased one myself since I am trying to save money. Combining an interview and a trip, and how long employers can wait. With this timeline in mind, is it okay to move slowly in scheduling interviews?

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