Phone interviews are fairly standard practice in high demand careers. Often there are dozens of resumes that are “roughly” qualified for the job, and to narrow them down quickly, a hiring manager goes through a huge list of applicants and tries to figure out which of those candidates is worth an interview.
Usually phone interviews have set questions and are briefer than standard in-person interviews. It’s not about getting to know the applicant, so much as it is about finding reasons that you should not call an applicant in. Unlike in-person interviews, you’re not trying to figure out who to hire – rather, you’re trying to figure out who not to. Read more