To those of you who have already had a phone interview this cycle, would you be willing to share your experiences? Were there any questions besides the typical ones that threw you or were unexpected? Any tips for getting past the awkwardness of it all?
Date: 26 Oct 2013 19:01
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Thinking that it is awkward will likely make it feel more awkward….try to think of it as a positive! Also, it's important to smile just as if you were in a face-to-face interview; you can't be seen over the phone but inflection can be gleaned, and enthusiasm about the position can come across to the people you're talking to. Make sure you're in a quiet place, ideally a land line, so you don't have to deal with cell service issues. Have questions prepared about the nature of the position, resources, collaboration opportunities, teaching load/courses needed, etc. Mostly, remember that it's a conversation. Be yourself, answer the questions completely but succinctly, and make small talk.
I conducted a set of phone interviews this cycle and the thing that turned me off the most was when applicants tried to push their "fit" onto me and/or asked me repeated questions about how I thought their application looked. Asking about timeline for the search is fine, trying to make sure your answer is consistent with the wants of the department feels desperate (and not accurate, as an applicant rarely, if ever, knows the workings of the search committee).
my first interview was on the phone i didn't even know what should i say and no idea about the position of the person i was talking to , i just told to myself that he's not an important person,calm down,and just standing in front of the mirror. :))
it was so funny, you won't believe but i got the job. it was really great.
Best advice I got was to be warm and inviting on the phone. I focused on that, and every phone interview I did led to a campus interview.
Picture a small conference room with 3-6 people sitting around a table sliding a speaker phone around to take turns asking questions.
My best advice is to be yourself and be prepared to talk about your research in a positive enthusiastic fashion.
I would also make sure to speak up, speaker phones can be pretty crappy so make sure people are hearing you clearly.
I think the best questions to ask are those that you really want to know the answer to (i.e. may influence your decision to accept an offer or not).
I would avoid asking questions for the sake of asking questions.