Phone interview for Job

United States
September 18, 2009 12:34am CST
Okay...i applied for 3 different positions at an Animal Sanctuary in Utah...dog caregiver, cat caregiver and parrot caregiver...I got an email from them and they want a phone interview with me for the parrot caregiver, it'll be on Wed. the 23rd... The problem is...I am terrible on phones! I don't like talking on phones, I always feel like I say something stupid and I just feel wrong! lol Can anyone please try to help me get ready for this interview? Any tips/comments/suggestions...anything! Thanks *oddly enough they chose to interview me for the position I had the least experience...I have NO professional experience...I have some personal experience(owned a cockatoo, love bird and mini parrit, a duck and me and my family would nurse wild birds back to health/raise baby wilds)....thats all my experience...and they know this! They don't know I owned a duck, I forgot to mention that in application...sooo why would they chose to interview me for this position? Do you think it's because it's really easy to take care of birds?
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
18 Sep 09
I think they might be figuring with professional experience, they have to pay you more. But with an obviously love of animals, you are easily trainable. So they can offer you less pay, but still get a quality worker. I would ask the State Employment agency, if you have one, if they can help you with getting ready for the interview. Visualize an employer right in front of you and remember to stay very, very professional. Go to Borders and read some books on the questions they might ask. I've had questions like if you were an animal, what would you be and why? Stuff i never expected for typist or teaching. If you famillarize yourself with all the kinds of questions they could ask you, it's (the interview) less likely to throw you off.
• United States
19 Sep 09
I really hope they don't plan on paying me dirt pay because I don't have a ton of experience because I'll be moving a state away from my whole family--and since Kanab, UT has NO apartments--I'd have to get a house, which I know costs a lot! I'm trying to figure out how much I'd be paying a month based on a couple different houses I like--but I still don't have an exact number at how much I'll need. So I'm not sure what to say if they ask me how much I need to be making...with a house, health insurance, car insurance...I'd probably need a good amount!
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
19 Sep 09
That is difficult to know. I wonder if Mylot readers could help you figure that out. Maybe someone lives near there.
• United States
19 Sep 09
Well I try to do some estimates from sites on the internet, but I can't get exact numbers because I don't have all the information on the houses I'm looking at that insurance companies ask for during the quote questions.
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@TheCatLady (4695)
• Israel
18 Sep 09
Tips... write down a list of points you want to cover. Put all your strong points on the list so you can be sure to tell them. And have the list by the phone ready for the call. Just having the list will give you confidence talking on the phone. Birds are hard to take care of. OK, granted, they don't need walks and baths and all that hard labor like dogs, but birds are delicate creatures that can get sick (and die) if they aren't cared for properly. They are not easy animals. Cats are easy. Kiss, kiss, pet, pet, open a can or poor kibble in a bowl, change the water, scoop the box. Maybe entice it to play with a toy on the string. Easy.... Nursing sick birds back to health is experience. Owning birds is experience. Dealing with sick or baby wild birds is experience. It requires you to be caring, gentle and careful. If you are feeding a baby bird with a syringe, you need to know which side the stomach is on or it will die. It's not easy on a tiny baby. Good luck. I know you will get the job. Relax, You are exactly want they need and want to care for the birds. The fact that you think it's easy is is good.
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• United States
18 Sep 09
I am defeniatly going to have my notebook with me when the woman calls, I'll also have a glass of water at the ready! lol. How do you tell what side a birds stomach is on? O_o It moves?? I didn't know that! lol. But at least i have SOME experience with birds. :D I defeniatly am good at being very gentle with fragile birds-babies and adults. Thank you very much! :)
@Msabu09 (113)
• United States
18 Sep 09
TheCatLady makes some great points. I agree wholeheartedly - they wouldn't be interviewing you if they didn't feel you already possess what you need to do this job. Now you have to dig deep inside yourself to portray and express to them the confidence YOU have in YOU. One great thing: the phone can be easier than in person. You can have your notebook there for yourself, be comfortable in your own space and not have to worry about them sizing up your appearance/expressions, etc. Take some time to remind yourself how YOU know you are qualified and fully capable of this job. It's not always about how much experience you've had. If you have a love for animals and a bird caregiver is what they need, they'll train you in whatever you need to know. Your natural sense of caring will shine through if you set aside the fears you have about your ability to "know it all" and do the job. When I interview it's helpful for me to take some time prior to the scheduled meeting and focus on the "high points" of what I bring to the table, so to speak. What stands out to you in your own knowledge and experience with birds? Even if it was finding information you needed to learn - that shows incentive and the ability to independently problem solve. These are key to any position - AND provide a great talking point when they ask you about past experience, knowledge, history, or even what you feel you can bring to the position. Know these things about yourself...and be comfortable OWNING who and what you are. Surely you feel you have something to offer them.....it doesn't have to be perfect, it just has to be YOU. Be confident in knowing they have already seen something in you they liked. The rest comes with the position......just rest in who you are and believe in yourself. Maybe even write a mantra on top of the page with your notes, so you can practice it between now and then and see it on your page while you talk with the interviewer. Just a one line statement that feels powerful to you when you think about having/doing this job and what you bring to it. That can be very empowering without being a big deal and/or stressful in preparation. Good luck! Let us all know how you make out.....
• United States
19 Sep 09
Thanks! :D Your response is full of confidence boosters! :P hehe I defeniatly have a love for all animals, especially all the ones they keep at the sanctuary. I'm debating whether or not to mention (if it some how comes up) that I would probably want to spend a lot of extra time (not duing my work hours) with the other animals--they have horses, dogs, cats, sheep, pigs...omg I love all those animals! lol
@shajerrl (311)
• China
18 Sep 09
firstly, congratulations for you to get a interview from parrot cargiver, and I think you should care this job position very much. so please take ease and be confidence. Secondly, i think you can talk to you by yourself in front of mirror in your house, and ask youself all the possible questions you may met in the phone. and in the last point, you can call your friend and tell him/her your condition, let him/her help to with a simulation for this phone interview. Good luck and hope you can succeed.
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@ds6413 (2073)
• United States
18 Sep 09
That's almost what I was thinking. To write possible questions and then answer the question.Great idea to have a friend help with the questions.
• United States
18 Sep 09
I actually have a notebook that I have started making notes in lol. First I wrote down all my experience related to the job...I'm going to write questions and answers after that. Any examples of the questions I might be ask, are there any general ones that are ALWAYS asked? I'm going to try and get my parents and my older sis + her husband to help me :D Thanks!!
• Philippines
18 Sep 09
wow good luck. i hope you do well in your interview. i think you should just relax and clear your mind so that you will be able to answer their questions during the interview. they chose you for a reason. maybe they don't really need someone with a lot of experience. maybe they saw something in you. just give it a shot. good luck!
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• United States
18 Sep 09
Maybe they are tired of all my emails and applications flying at them lol. It's good that I don't have to worry about experience so much now that a couple people said experience isn't the most important thing. I'm just going to try and be as friendly and positive as I can. I'll be working with animals and people, so being a cheerful person is probably very important to them!:) Thanks ala!! :D
@DavidReedy (2411)
• United States
22 Sep 09
Is it truly that easy to take care of birds?
• United States
22 Sep 09
I don't konw...when they bite it HURTS...but my sister has a bird and it doesn't seem that bad. But I'm sure I'd be doing more than just treating the birds at the sanctury like pets...but I think it'd be really fun playing with them (they like to do puzzles and play with toys) hehe
• United States
23 Sep 09
I'm interested in an elaboration on the notion that (your) birds do puzzles. Explain, that sounds intriguing. dr...
• United States
23 Sep 09
Well my birds don't do puzzles, I dont own any of the large parrot birds. But some parrots like to do those little games for babies (like, putting the correct piece in the right shape on the board) and stuff like that. Birds are really smart animals.
@ElicBxn (60883)
• United States
19 Sep 09
probably because they have the fewest applicants for that position
• United States
19 Sep 09
Yeah..that's something I was thinking of and it certainly doesn't help my confidence level. All that says to me is they're stuck with me...
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@ElicBxn (60883)
• United States
19 Sep 09
well, no, you have some bird experience, write down all the facts, and then when you talk to them, you have them right in front of you - a phone interview means you can have a "crib sheet." Write down all the bird experience you have and that'll probably help you with the interview - hey - you get the job, you'll get better hours and outta the house... maybe you should write up some of your baby bird stories for your rescue sites...
• United States
22 Sep 09
Yeah, I have a notebook paper full of notes :P I'm trying to keep it too one page so the interviewer won't hear me flipping through pages! lol That's a good idea!! We had a duck we aged from an egg, I could write about him :D Thanks Elic!
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
18 Sep 09
I can only advise that you be yourself. Don't try to "sell" yourself to the phone interviewer. It could be they are interested in talking to you about this position because you don't have much bird experience. They can train you to do the chores they want done and exactly how they do them. Good luck.
• United States
19 Sep 09
I don't think I have enough experience to sell myself to anyone lol :P But it defeniatly is comforting that so many people are saying that the fact I don't have a ton of experience could be a good thing. Should I ask "how'd I do?" at the end of the interview, or is that innappropriate?
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
19 Sep 09
Personally, I wouldn't ask. It might give the caller you are desperate for the job. Being too anxious isn't always a good thing!
• United States
23 Sep 09
I am desperate for the job lol. But I didn't ask. I bet she could tell how nervous I was the whole time though.
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
25 Sep 09
They probably want you because no-one else applied for the job. Just be yourself on the phone. Tell them, you're nervous and not good on the phone and ask them to make allowances. Good luck sweety.
• United States
25 Sep 09
I think she could tell how nervous I was without me having to say it :P lol. Now I have two weeks to wait before I hear anything--waiting really sucks! :P lol
• United States
18 Sep 09
I don't know about how difficult or easy it is to take care of birds. However, there must have been something about you that made these people interested in your application. Be confident in the fact that they chose to interview you. A little bit of confidence goes a long way. If you are confident that you possess the skills and qualifications needed, that will come across in the interview.
• United States
19 Sep 09
Thank you austen :D I'm defeniatly going to try and build up my confidence from now until the call! hehe.
@hotsummer (10436)
• Philippines
18 Sep 09
i think that being interviewed on phone is much easier than being interviewed in person. as it is less hassle and we can prepare more. and we can't hide our nervousness. they will not our body movements or postures so it is easier . we can have our notebook with us. and so with that i think that you can better prepare for it. it is the first time actually doing a phone interview instead. i have not experience with caring with animals as i don't have money to care and afford pets like birds. but i do love birds. good luck to your interview. but reading your discussion, it really seems you have lots of experience already and seem to be a very hard working person.
• United States
19 Sep 09
Yeah, I'll defeniatly be nervous-I just hope the woman won't be able to tell over the phone lol. I hope my voice doesn't get all squeaky :P lol. Thanks hotsummer!!!
@michan (212)
• Philippines
18 Sep 09
For my first and current job, I got interviewed over the phone first before a face-to-face interview. I also had no professional experience with what I was applying for. I didn't even expect a phone interview. When I submitted my application, I thought they'd just call to let me know when the interview would be. But I got a call and they said that it was a phone interview. I just answered the questions as honestly as I could. They asked me general questions like why did I want the job, what experience did I have, or how I can be of benefit to the company... things like that. In the end, it was all good. Good luck with your interview! It's okay to miss some things in the application, I think. It can be mentioned in the interview itself. But I guess my tip would be ... don't volunteer information that is not asked.
• United States
19 Sep 09
First, thanks for the example questions! I wrote them all down :P lol So getting a phone interview would be better than getting a face to face interview--are they saved for people the company plans on hiring over others? Thanks!! I'll let everyone here know how it does when it's finally over and I stop torturing myself! lol
@jules67 (2790)
• Philippines
18 Sep 09
For me, I preferred phone interview that face to face. That is because I do not have to spend anything for transportation just to get to the place. What I do is just answer questions as normal as I can. No pretensions at all. I always think as if the person interviewing me is right in front of me.
• United States
19 Sep 09
Yeah, I guess talking to someone over the phone is a lot easier than driving 6 hours for an interview ;P lol. But that still doesn't make me LIKE talking on the phone :P I don't even like talking to friends over the phone lol. I'll probably lock myself in my room for some peace and quiet and it might make me a little less nervous on the phone. Thanks jules!
@prinzcy (5058)
• Malaysia
18 Sep 09
Congratulation for the interview! Trust me, some people would prefer to be interview over the phone. At least you don't have to face the interviews and pin down by their stare alone. Since you already know your position, it's best for you to research about it. List down what you want to say and it's best not to lie. They'll know if you do. I think your personal experiences will come in handy. Best of luck!
• United States
18 Sep 09
Thank you prinzcy! :) I defeniatly will not lie! I am a terrible liar, and very paranoid. I would worry forever that it would come back to haunt me! lol. I'm pretty honest anyways, I never lie to strangers ;P LOL.