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    I've applied for a job and I was wondering if it was possible for them to call be out of the blue and ask questions such as "what do you know about us" and "why do you want to work for us" (telephone interview is part of the application process) or will they first call me to schedule the telephone interview?
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    I had a telephone interview about 2 weeks ago and it was completely out of the blue

    Be prepared for the generic interview-esque questions at all times..
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    (Original post by mc-ren)
    I had a telephone interview about 2 weeks ago and it was completely out of the blue

    Be prepared for the generic interview-esque questions at all times..
    Oh wow :/

    Any examples of generic questions?
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    (Original post by Blyts-_)
    Oh wow :/

    Any examples of generic questions?
    One of the questions was about why I'd like to work with the company, another one was something along the lines of "how important, do you feel, is good customer service to a business", another was in what way would I benefit the company.

    My advice to you would be to search all the common types of interview questions and write down your possible answers to them. Sometimes they'll ask you to tell them about a scenario where you did something, such as leadership/customer service/resolved a problem etc
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    The telephone interviews are usually out of the blue. Some just ask generic questions like confirming some information from your application and things like, why do you want to work for us. Then they might schedule a further interview in person
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    It's fairly common for places to want a bit of a chat before scheduling an actual interview. This is partly due to the job centre forcing people to apply when they don't actually want the job, or sometimes online job sites are so easy to click to apply people just do it by accident, or people just getting a lot of help with the application.

    But really, an unscheduled phone call shouldn't last too long. It does seem a bit rude and presumptuous to call someone and just expect them to drop everything for the next half an hour or so. Personally, I would expect an unscheduled call to last about 10 mins or less,
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    Usually if you do get a phone interview it's either just like 5-10 min one or they will ask you if you have about 30min to spare right now or if they should call later
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    (Original post by Juno)
    It's fairly common for places to want a bit of a chat before scheduling an actual interview. This is partly due to the job centre forcing people to apply when they don't actually want the job, or sometimes online job sites are so easy to click to apply people just do it by accident, or people just getting a lot of help with the application.

    But really, an unscheduled phone call shouldn't last too long. It does seem a bit rude and presumptuous to call someone and just expect them to drop everything for the next half an hour or so. Personally, I would expect an unscheduled call to last about 10 mins or less,
    I agree.
    If its unscheduled, then it will usually be for a bit of a chat before offering an actual interview- nothing too major or taxing.
    If its a proper phone interview (which will last much more than about 5 minutes) then they usually try to organise it in advance.
    The last phone interview i had was a proper in depth phone interview, and they organised it a day in advance (it was about 20 minutes long though).
 
 
 
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