Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Tuesday, April 18, 2017
First and foremost, don’t take it personally! Many recruiters, especially those at larger firms with a Campus Recruitment arm, are managing a dizzying number of applicants, hiring managers, and ever-changing hiring priorities and demand. Its truly not a matter of not wanting to meet you, I can assure you. When thinking about a phone interview, think of it the same way you would think of and prepare for a first interview face-to-face. Again, it is still very much an interview and your first impression! Most phone interviews are about learning about each other and to determine fit. Recruiters and hiring managers don’t like to waste time in the hiring process, especially yours. A phone interview is a great way for a Recruiter to ask about your background in general, reasons behind your application, to talk a bit about the position and the culture of the firm, and then to allow you to ask questions. I want to reiterate that you should have a list of questions prepared! This will help with making a phone interview a conversation and not just an awkward back and forth volley of questions. Think about it in terms of finding mutual fit. The recruiter is wondering if you’re a potential fit for the position and if it’s then prudent to bring you in to meet face to face, but at the same time, you should be doing the exact same thing!