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Old 08-11-2012, 11:40 AM
 
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I am wrapping up a long job hunt and have some interesting observations:

1) 90% of the time when I am invited for an interview I was contacted by email instead of the phone. I found this very interesting and a lesson for people who have odd email addresses or do not check their email all that often.

2) More places than ever are doing phone screens (after making all the arrangements via email) that last from 20-40 minutes. The HR folks doing the screens have told me that they pick out 10-15 people try to talk to all of them over the phone and only bring in 3-5 for a face to face with the hiring manager. They said the phone screen was a way to eliminate people and the managers are seeing far fewer people than before.

3) All my rejection letters now come in via email vs the US Mail.

Are these observations your experience too?
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Old 08-11-2012, 12:05 PM
 
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Yes. :-)
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Old 08-11-2012, 05:06 PM
 
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I am wrapping up a long job hunt and have some interesting observations:

1) 90% of the time when I am invited for an interview I was contacted by email instead of the phone. I found this very interesting and a lesson for people who have odd email addresses or do not check their email all that often.

2) More places than ever are doing phone screens (after making all the arrangements via email) that last from 20-40 minutes. The HR folks doing the screens have told me that they pick out 10-15 people try to talk to all of them over the phone and only bring in 3-5 for a face to face with the hiring manager. They said the phone screen was a way to eliminate people and the managers are seeing far fewer people than before.

3) All my rejection letters now come in via email vs the US Mail.

Are these observations your experience too?
No. Any time I have actually gotten an interview, I was called on the phone to set it up. The only phone "screening" I had was an actual interview that was supposed to last 15 minutes but lasted almost an hour. It was from HR who IS the hiring manager. The reason the interview was done over the phone is because the job is an hour away from where I live.

IF I actually hear anything at all, 50% of rejections have been email, the other 50% have been via US Mail.
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Old 08-11-2012, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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I love the phone interview personally. It helps both parties. They can screen you without bringing you in, and helps you not having to take a day off of work.

I cannot stand having the first interview in person, solely because it can be a waste of everyone's time.
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Old 08-11-2012, 08:23 PM
 
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I love the phone interview personally. It helps both parties. They can screen you without bringing you in, and helps you not having to take a day off of work.

I cannot stand having the first interview in person, solely because it can be a waste of everyone's time.
I like phone interviews as well.

You're less nervous because the employer/interviewer isn't staring down your throat, and it's easier to use "prepared" answers.
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Old 08-11-2012, 08:27 PM
 
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I am wrapping up a long job hunt and have some interesting observations:

1) 90% of the time when I am invited for an interview I was contacted by email instead of the phone. I found this very interesting and a lesson for people who have odd email addresses or do not check their email all that often.

2) More places than ever are doing phone screens (after making all the arrangements via email) that last from 20-40 minutes. The HR folks doing the screens have told me that they pick out 10-15 people try to talk to all of them over the phone and only bring in 3-5 for a face to face with the hiring manager. They said the phone screen was a way to eliminate people and the managers are seeing far fewer people than before.

3) All my rejection letters now come in via email vs the US Mail.

Are these observations your experience too?
1. Not as high as 90%, but I have definitely received emails about jobs, or emails that had information on the next step, etc. So, current non bouncing email that you check matters.

2. Yes. I find that even calling the person back to set up the interview turns into a mini phone screen on the spot. I have definitely learned NEVER to call someone back from the grocery store, car, etc...as it seems to always turn into a phone screen.

3. About 50/50 for me. I find the ones I apply to through the internet job boards are more likely to have the email rejection whereas the ones I apply to, even still on the internet, directly through the company are less likely to be email.
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