Surviving engineering interviews: Part 3 - The Phone Screen Interview
The Phone Screen Interview typically does not involve as many people asking you questions (usually no more than 2) as a Live Interview will, but it can still be an intense experience. Make sure you are in a quiet setting where you won’t be disturbed when you take the call as hearing your roommate playing the Nintendo in the background will not give a good impression to the interviewer. Just because the medium being used for the conversation is less formal, that doesn’t mean the questions will be. Approach the Phone Screen Interview as if it were a Live Interview. The advantage you have, though, besides not having to dress up is that you can have materials at your disposal in front of you that you cannot have in the Live Interview.
Have a copy of your resume handy for your reference or even the information you collected when you constructed it. During a Live Interview, you will have to answer questions about your resume from memory but in this setting you can read it yourself, which takes some of the pressure off. The same goes for research you have accumulated on the company, which can be a little awkward to have in your hand in person but is freely at your disposal on the phone. You might even be able to get away with having some technical outlines handy to assist you.
- Part 1 - Introduction
- Part 2 - The On Campus or Job Fair Interview
- Part 3 - The Phone Screen Interview
- Part 4 - Technical Questions
- Part 5 - The Touchy-Feely Questions
- Part 6 - Logical Questions and Questions for you to ask
- Part 7 - Final Thoughts