Could anyone advise, what one can expect in a telephonic job interview. Do the interviewers ask specific questions on java etc. or will they be only talking about my general qualifications, biodata etc? Are telephonic interviews generally followed by the real face-to-face interview OR can one expect to get a job offer there and then on the telephone?
As a recruiter working with several companies my experience has been that the phone interview is a basic screen for technical qualifications based on previous work experience. Once the company identifies the basic qualifications and career goals are a match, they bring the candidate in for an in person interview. The in person interview tends to involve other members of the team and focuses more on personality and corporate match ups. This is for contract to hire, permanent and lead/management positions. Straight contract positions I find are more phone interviews and are very technically oriented. I have had many people offered contract positions directly from a phone interview. Good luck!
I got a Java Developer job offer after 0) Passing the Java 2 Certification exam with almost perfect score (98%), 1) Having no professional experience in Java but with two decades of procedural programming under my belt. 2) Taking a timed Java test over the Web in which (they said) I did very well. 3) A technical Java telephone interview after that in which I was told I also did very well. At that moment they decided to offer me what I considered a pretty good salary, considering. Maybe the fact that I already had another offer extended the previous day helped them expedite theirs... In total, 6 days after sending my resume to a few places (no Web engines etc.) I had two interviews and two offers. Now I have ½ year programming experience in Java!
Tony Alicea Senior Java Web Application Developer, SCPJ2, SCWCD
Every company conducts phone screens differently. If your first contact is with someone like me (HR) then no, it probably wouldn't be very deep. But if a programmer calls you, it could be quite technical because bringing someone in for on-site interviews involves additional resources. An employer wants to make sure they're on the right track with an applicant. Also, some companies have made offers based on phone screens, so they can be rather involved. This might be better in some ways than an on-site interview, for the applicant. You're not in the 'hot seat', meeting people and trying to make a good physical impression. Instead you can be at home in a comfortable, low-pressure setting. It's still nerve-wracking but not as much as the alternative.