What is your experience with phone interviews?

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  1. aaronchow macrumors regular

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    Just curious. How long does a phone interview usually last? I had a phone interview that lasted around 15 minutes. Is that a bad sign?

    The interviewer kept on asking me a bunch of standard questions, and while I was answering, she typed everything up but also didn't give me a lot of time to fully answer one question. And at the end, she emailed me an "application form" that basically repeats the same questions again.

    I had a feeling that she doesn't like me, so she tried to get rid of me quick. I hope my feelings are wrong, but this was a one of a kind interview that I've ever had in my life...
     
  2. balamw Moderator

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    This sounds like an HR screen rather than a phone interview. If the correct boxes are checked with what she typed you may actually get a real phone interview.

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  3. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    If it was just the first round, that one is called the nutjob review :). Short ones are Ok because it's just an info gathering session for the first in personal or supplemental in depth phone interview.
     
  4. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030

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    Most "real" phone interviews are around 30-45 mins. Sounds like your situation was more of a screening process than an actual interview. Don't get worried about the typing, even in a real phone interview they will most likely be typing your answers down.
     
  5. bruinsrme macrumors 603

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    Exactly

    I have had phone interviews last 15 minutes and some that ahve lasted 90 minutes.
    The 90 minute one was a change in career fields and with a couple of transfers to different people, I ended up getting this job.

    Some were very friendly and a lot of elaboration while others were name rank serial number.
     
  6. aaronchow thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank god if this is the case! I thought I messed up big time...
     
  7. codymac macrumors 6502

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    We have a winner.
    :D

    For me, HR just sends resumes based on keyword matches and the like. From there, I give a short phone interview as a sanity check - it's a 15-20 minute BS detector and to make sure the candidate can communicate. I'll likely have a half-dozen or so candidates to call after culling through what HR has sent and I simply don't have enough time to go too in depth.

    I wouldn't sweat it too much if they're still in contact with you.
     
  8. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Exactly. This sounds much more like an initial screening process, rather than a full interview.

    Cheers
     

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