Common Reasons for Phone Interviews

Reasons for Phone InterviewsIn the age of modern technology, there are a lot of ways employers do interviews to find the most qualified candidates. However, even with all of the various ways they do interviews, there is one old-school method that is widely used among employers: phone interviews.

Phone interviews have been done for years for a variety of reasons, but here we will take a look at some of the most common reasons why employer use them.

Availability and logistics – Any wise employer wants to know if a candidate is someone whom he can expect to be available for both the short and the long term. It’s also to check what your plans are if you’re applying long-distance.

Salary expectations – There are a lot of questions that can come up in a phone interview. One of them is a very important question: “What are your salary expectations?” This is a question that is tough to answer, especially when they don’t want to reveal their own salary expectations.

Understanding of the job – With literally hundreds of applicants for a single job opening, the employer wants to know how much you know about the job. The phone interview helps to identify applicants who have a deeper understanding of the job, and it helps the employer take less time in explaining the details of the job.

Questions about your resume – You sent in a resume that caught the employer’s attention, but there were a few things for which they want clarification. The phone interview is the perfect way for them to get basic questions out of the way, so that if there should be an in-person interview afterward, you can focus on more important details.

The best candidates are those whom employers want to invite for an in-person interview so that they can spend more time getting to know them. The phone interview helps to weed out candidates who are unqualified. However, don’t take the phone interview for granted, because this could be the first step toward getting your next job.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.