I would nevere hire anyone from just over the telephone, although I've worked for companies which have. Still, that was back in the day when bodies were hard to find. I doubt companies still do that in today's economy. This is wrt to domestic jobs in the US, I don't know much about overseas jobs. --Mark
Mark Herschberg, author of The Career Toolkit
In the good old days, 1995 to be exact, I got hired over the phone albeit as a consultant. this was in Minneapolis. Of course I was young and able then and probably sounded that way over the phone. Then in 98, I got a job again just over the phone, again as a consultant. The only question, they really asked me besides the technical stuff was whether I needed any special accomodation such as a special chair or computer. I guess they were attempting to find out if I might have been disabled in any way. I'm not and I got the job which I later did not accept for other reasons. But I imagine, I probably would not have gotten the job if I was disabled in any way. Today, the limiting factor is the bad economy and not the phone. This is for consulting only. Full time, yes, you probably need to show up.
Since you worked as Consultant, I need your advise on making a decsion. I have an offer with almost equivalent salaries and the only differenc eis that in one case I will an employee and in other, a Consutant representing the recruiting firm.
What do you suggest ? What are the pros and cons , as per the Indian context ?
Some of my colleagues have gone to US (Google, Amazon.com) etc from Sydney. Initial screening process happens over the phone, and technical/coding tests via email or internet. If you are successful then you get to fly over thereat the company's exepnse. I am not sure about smaller companies.
I am always fond of initial screening over the phone, but you cannot hire someone based only on phone interview.