Phone Interviews

Phone interviews are exactly what they sound like: an interview conducted over the phone.  Some phone interviews are 1-on-1, and the one interviewer and interviewee are the only ones on the call.  Other times, there may still be a panel of interviewers on one end while they conduct the interview. Typically when there is a panel, each interviewer will take the time to introduce themselves before the interview begins.

Phone interviews are typically conducted as the preliminary round of multiple rounds of interviews. They typically last anywhere from 15 – 45 minutes, and are a quicker way for employers to interview numerous candidates in a shorter period of time.

Tips for navigating the Phone Interview:

  1. Having a note sheet is okay, but make sure that the notes are organized and in a simple format.  Too many words or too much content can be distracting while interviewing.  Having the job description in front of your might also be helpful.
  2. On a similar note, you can have the company’s website up on a computer or your phone as well for talking points as long as it isn’t too distracting. Reviewing this information ahead of time is always better, and can help you find the materials you would like to reference more quickly.
  3. Get to know your preferences.  Do you focus better in a room with minimal decor or less distractions?  Try to plan ahead and be sure you have a comfortable space with good service to conduct the interview.  If it’s a new space, practice ahead of time to ensure good call quality.
  4. On or near NDSU’s campus?  Contact the NDSU Career and Advising Center about reserving a quiet room to conduct your interview.
  5. No matter where you are interviewing, be sure you won’t be disturbed (roommates in and out, pet scratching at the door or jumping on your desk, etc.).