Many applicants are called in for a phone interview — also called screening interview — but are not sure what to expect or how to master one.
A telephone interview is a type of job interview that is conducted to determine whether the applicant has the qualifications and skills needed to do the job he applied for in a specific company. The hiring process varies in many firms but usually, a job interview via phone is the first interview step in the hiring process.
In most cases, screening interviews include a brief review of your educational and professional background as well as a list of questions. These questions will inquire not only about your skills and qualifications, but also about your salary expectations and work availability.
The phone interview can be conducted over the phone. If you prefer a more personal interview and a face-to-face conversation is not possible, you can alternatively conduct the interview via Skype or Hangouts. Thus, the interviewer and the interviewee are visible to each other. This visibility often allows the interviewer to read the interviewee’s gestures and facial expressions, which can influence the final evaluation.
In both cases – conducting the interview via phone or Skype – the results of the screening call will determine whether the candidate proceeds to the next round of the hiring process.