Who really gets hired off a phone interview?
February 27, 2008 8:21 AM Subscribe
Is it becoming the norm for people to be hired without an in-person interview?
posted by rocket_johnny to Work & Money (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I was recently interviewed by telephone for a position in the pacific northwest (I live in Western NY). I was sent an email that said it would be a situational interview (lots of questions like, "have you had a situation in the past where there was conflict. what specific actions were taken, and what happened. etc etc"). My friend, who is in HR, said that these are "weeder" interviews, and then an in-person interview would follow.
I do well at the questions, and at the end they ask me if I have any questions. Assuming that I shouldn't ask ALL my questions before I meet them in person, I asked two questions about the job and the area. The last thing they say is, "we will decide whether to tend an offer within about two weeks". I freeze. "Thanks guys".
So it ends up that two weeks later I get an offer in the mail. I'm not sure what to do. This is a HUGE HUGE HUGE company, with good benefits...but do I take this chance? I have to quit my job, sell my house, give up my friends, and move 44 hours by car to somewhere that I haven't even met the people I'll work with. I called and asked questions to an HR person, and she said that she's HEARD of this happening before, but it is unusual. "you must be really well qualified and likeable on the phone". So they asked for my response in 5 days.
Should I call the hiring manager and ask him if I can come out? Should I tell the HR person I need an extension? I need some advice.