Unexpected Phone Interview!
August 27, 2012 4:03 PM Subscribe
Posting for a friend, who writes:
I am currently an academic with a humanities PhD, doing the whole adjunct thing. I have been pursuing non-academic careers for a while, and things might finally be starting to pay off in the form of a phone interview. Trouble is, I haven't had an interview for anything in ten years.
posted by pised to Work & Money (5 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I am an adjunct and have been trying to get out. I recently applied at a local company that I was interested in. I was told that while they felt I was overqualified for the position I applied for, they would keep my resume on file and that they thought I might be suitable for another position in the company, should one open up. Great! I sent an updated resume (tailored to this other position) to a recruiter there, and crossed my fingers.
Today, a different recruiter got in touch with me (after viewing my LinkedIn profile) to ask if I knew of anybody who might be interested in a particular position at the company—in fact, the very one that they said I might be suitable for. I said "Yes, me!" and noted that they should have my resume on file. A little while later the guy asked when he could give me a call regarding the position.
Now, I'm very nervous: I do believe myself to be very qualified for this job, and am excited about the opportunity with this particular company, and don't want to blow things. But, I haven't had an interview since I applied for the recurring summer job I held during my undergraduate days.
I have a short time to prepare, and have been googling like mad, but I was hoping some HR / recruiters or anyone else might offer me some advice. I have already read about very practical things, such as smiling while I speak, finding a quiet place, and so on. What I would like some help with is what to expect from the interview itself.
What is generally the purpose of the phone interview? What kind of questions can I expect, and what are the right answers?
My cursory searches suggest that I might be asked about salary expectations and my current salary. How do I respond to this? I have done some Internet research and found what people with this title in the company make, but I am unsure how reliable the data is.
Second of all, I also see that I may be asked why I am leaving my current job. I am going to assume that I can't say "There are no tenure-track jobs" or that "I don't want to contribute to what I feel is an unethical growth in graduate degree holders" or "I'm so tired of re-applying for the same courses at a pittance each semester" (among many other reasons) and be done with it. What would you, as a recruiter, need to hear from a post-academic transitioning into the private workforce? And what would scare you away?
Are there other questions for which I should have a ready answer?
And, are there questions I should definitely ask the recruiter?
What else can I do to prepare? I have limited time as the interview is early tomorrow afternoon. However, I really, really do want this job. The company sounds fantastic and the work fascinating.