Earlier this month I had a phone interview which was a little different than others I have been a part of.
I set my interview time up through a web service and not a live person which made it difficult to find out who I was speaking with and what their name might be. When it came time for the phone interview, I spoke with someone who seemed like just another phone operator. That’s not to say that the woman did a bad job but it just felt like a very cold conversation and I found myself wondering if anything I said would get relayed back to a hiring manager.
The interview itself was very structured, not in the best sense of the word, and I felt like I was verbally filling out an online job application by answering where I have worked, during what dates, what I did there and why I left. After having had a bunch of curve ball questions thrown at me in previous interviews, I’m not really feeling positive about the outcome of this interview as I don’t know how many people this woman may have spoken to and what she could possibly say about me. At the end, I was told to call a customer service number in the case that I might have questions…about the status of my application.
I can’t say that I got the best feeling about the way the company interviews its potential applicants. Unfortunately I can’t send a thank you note or try to get any follow up feedback.
I wanted to leave you with a great article about curve ball questions that is titled The Weirdest Job Interview Questions and How to Handle Them.
What did you do today?