Job Telephone Interview.
Being one of those degenerate graduates I don't have much experience of the real world.
Job - Financial analyst for big bank.
Anyone have any idea what questions they might ask? Lady said it was just to go over CV, is that it and then they do the jelly beans in a mini questions come real interview?
Sorry if these are pretty obvious:
They might chat about your interests (if on CV) to "put you at ease"
They might just check qualifications - dates, grades.
Is this before a definite interview, or is it part of the selection for interview? If it's the first anything could happen, if you are booked for an interview I would have thought it will just be to check thing through.
Just seen the date of your post - hope this is not too late.
Perhaps too late, but maybe not..
When I applied for a job a nice lady called me just to chat and ask me about my CV etc..... and also to ask "is this application to be taken seriously????!111?????????!?" (she was surprised!) because it would involve me moving 600 miles away from my current location. She did ask some generic type questions but nothing you should be afraid of.
In Norway we have a rule that a union representative has to be there for the actual interview (phone or otherwise). Not sure if you guys have something similar? If you do, then I find it unlikely that they are going to have that person present for this kind of verification interview, if you can call it that.....
I had one Thursday and one Friday, the one Thursday came out of the blue half 9 call to book an interview for 4pm, forgot I even applied for the job.
They were pre-interview interviews, so just a cheaper means of cutting the numbers for a real interview.
They both went pretty badly, the first one was the HR department ask broad questions, basically expanding on my CV.
The second interview was the department boss, so he actually asked some pretty in depth questions. I was reading through the full specification they send to you and it was quite a difficult read, SO MANY ACRONYMS.
I am fresh out of uni so my answers to experience questions are not the least bit impressive, which is never good. I tripped over a question, he asked whether I had experience with SQL which I do, but in my head I have it as sequel, so I reluctantly said no, quipping that I know Dreamweaver and Photoshop but that I doubt it wouldn't be much use. Soon as I put the phone down it was a 'Wait a minute, SQL = sequel! FUCK!' moment. Rang up the HR lady who originally arranged the interview to tell her of my retardation, she said she would feed it back to him, slightly embarrassing.
He did say that there were 7 phone interviews, whether that is 7 people applied and he rang everyone, or 7 people matched the requirements on paper, the latter obviously being some consolation as to me a CV is designed solely to get you a interview.
The second interview is the job I want, like a lot, but I know I didn't come across as such, so the only hope would be I was one of the least worst applicants and get real interview by technicalities. I do much better face to face. Should find out Monday/Tuesday.
Nintendo, we don't have anyone sit in with us in interviews. Not sure I could see the benefit, is it to prevent discrimination?
Should be noted that the jobs I have applied for are probably a tier above what I ought to be applying to, but I am more than confident they are jobs I can do well, just I wouldn't be completely disheartened if I am rejected.
Lol, just read this post.
Maybe make you feel a bit better joker, but I am at IT graduate too.
Been working in IT a while now, but initially when I was applying for jobs, i heard people talking about "sequel" or "my sequel" and had no idea what they were talking about either. Perhaps surprising given I did my final IT for my masters project in SQL too. Either way I was perhaps fortunate, one of my mates worked in IT so he sorted me my first job.
In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.