A Simple Guide to 3 Stage Interviews.
Have you received this email?
Thanks for applying to this position. We will review your application and get back to you if you are selected for interviews.
I bet you have.
And if you have, you are familiar with these feelings:
“How long do I have to wait?”
“Am I ever gonna hear from these people?”
Until suddenly you get a random phone call from the company. You are thrust headfirst into an interview process that you know nothing about!
You are excited, but you wish you knew more about what to expect.
Well, this article is here to fix it! I’m going to cover the three most common interview steps that companies use. There is always variation from company to company, so use this as a basis to prepare, but be ready for some curveballs. You will learn what to expect, how to prepare, some common questions, and how to rock it.
Sounds good? Thought so.
Step 1 — The Phone Screen
The first part of most interviews is the phone screen (occasionally held on video… confusing, I know). You don’t want to miss out on opportunities because you are unprepared for the importance of this step.
It’s important, y’all. VERY important.
It’s the gateway drug of the interview process.
A phone screen is likely to be a random number calling you on a random day. Its unpredictability is both a blessing and a curse.
Blessing — you don’t have time to stress about it
Curse — you feel unprepared.
The phone screen occurs when someone calls you to discuss your application for the role. This is very often someone from HR. The conversation is normally casual, but you must do it well. This stage allows you to present an overview of your background, qualifications and skills, as well as learn about the company.