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There are different types of phone interviews. A recruiter may call unexpectedly to conduct a pre-screen. The purpose of the prescreening is to ask a few key questions before going further in the interview process. A scheduled phone interview is an in-depth pre-screen before the site interview. In some cases, for example internships, the scheduled phone interview is the actual interview. If the phone interview is the actual interview, applicants are hired solely on the basis of the phone interview. Scheduled interviews can last anywhere from 15 minutes to one hour.

Keep in mind that any contact you have with the employer is part of the decision making process and all interactions will affect how you are perceived.

Short Pre-Screen

A recruiter may call unexpectedly to conduct a pre-screen. The purpose of the pre-screening is to ask a few key questions before going further in the interview process. The information he/she is generally looking for includes the following:

The recruiter wants to ensure that you meet the basic criteria and are sincerely interested in the position.

How to Prepare

Anticipate the Interview

Scheduled Phone Interview

A scheduled phone interview is an in depth pre-screen before the site interview. In some cases, for example internships, the scheduled phone interview is the actual interview. If the phone interview is the actual interview, applicants are hired solely on the basis of the phone interview. Scheduled interviews can last anywhere from 15 minutes to one hour.

How to Prepare

During the Interview

Successful Phone Interview- Summary

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