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Hello.
I have read most articles here on phone interviews. Mine seems a particular case and I am a little nervous since it is coming up soon. First, the company interviewed me last year face to face, everything seemed well however, they said I may have skills above what they were looking for and advised me to call them when more interesting positions came along, seeing their salary was quite low. They seemed quite disorganized there and nothing came along. Anyway, I had accepted a project elsewhere the week after and I had advised them at the interview. They were fine with it. Now I am searching again. A different resource from that office called me after reviewing my CV this year. He immediately requested a phone interview next week with a 'special agency' that does this and at the same time, the person at this company was to meet with me the same day after the phone interview in my city. What I am wondering in my case is why another company interviews instead of the company itself, since last year I remember the technical interviewer was pretty keen (but the team in general, disorganized). What should I expect from say, an 'agency' that asks questions as compared to the company itself asking questions? Will it be much more difficult? The project will be with a client externally, is this why they hire an 'agency' for these interviews? I am a little nervous for this technical interview, all I got for information was that it will be a very quick interview.
I will appreciate any knowledge or experience and especially specific questions any of you have to share with me. Thanks to all.
CHAD
 
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Chad:
- Get out your notes for the SCJP2 exam and make some notes.
- Tape these notes to a big table or to the wall.
- During the phone interview, refer to these notes. Don't let them hear the paper rustle in the background.
- It will be mostly basic knowledge. They will save the heavy duty stuff (if any) for an on-site assessment text.
- Be prepared for the standard managerial type interview questions. Lots of times, the company puts all of about 15 minutes worth of effort into preparing their question list.
Good luck, let us know how things turn out.
John Coxey
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P.S. For specific questions - search this forum for "interview questions" .
 
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Hello John.
Thank you for the quick reply Sometimes basic questions as you put it can be the tricky ones, after reading the post from Tony Alicea on his telepone interview, there was room for argument there and I am sure I would have been grilled on that question. Now say you don't know the answer. What is a good way to express this. It hasn't really happened to me yet to just go blank, but it may. I unfortunatly cannot say, I will get back to you on that :roll:
Thanks again.
 
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Chad:
- If you are being asked a question on a subject that you don't know (let's say EJB) - and you did not indicate this on your resume' - it's ok to say that you don't know.
- The employer may be testing your breadth of knowledge. I know that my current employer asked me about Web Services (more of a "what do you know about Web Services"). I did not know anything about them - other than a little XML - so I said that I don't know much about them.
- I then mentioned that I intended to study them once I completed the SCWCD exam - which I mentioned was more focused towards their current projects which involve (servlets/JSPs).
John Coxey
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Thanks John! You have given me some relief! Off to the books then.
 
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