I had an unexpected phone interview. This phone call took place after the first phase of the interview which I passed.

I stupidly agreed to take the call even thought the time and place wasn't suitable for me. They asked me what I understood of the job and whether I had studied and worked before in which I said yes that I have done it before.

Looking back I don't feel fully justified my experience. I am thinking of calling them back to fully justify my case. How could I approach this without damaging my application?

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    As the saying goes, no second chance to make a first impression. Calling them back would be unproductive and more likely damaging than just letting it sit and see what happens. – Jane S Jan 29 '16 at 9:34
  • @JaneS Unless you think this is off-topic (it's borderline), that should probably be an answer. – Lilienthal Jan 29 '16 at 11:32
  • @Lilienthal I'm sure this is a dupe, but I didn't go hunting for it to verify, so I didn't leave a formal answer. – Jane S Jan 29 '16 at 11:53
  • Their process probably includes the element of surprise in the interview. So you did your best, and I expect the other candidates to have been surprised as well. – gazzz0x2z Jan 29 '16 at 12:59

To be perfectly honest with you, I really don't think phoning them back with the intention of improving your answers is a good idea at all. You would never do the same thing in a face-to-face interview, and it may do more damage to your application than good.

I do find it a little strange that the data/time of your telephone interview wasn't scheduled beforehand, which would have you an opportunity to prepare. Is it possible that you have just misinterpreted the phone call as an interview?

  • I was told an informal phone interview would be happening this week but I wasn't told the date and time. The interviewer said that the job is very demanding (trainee job) which involves working as well as going to Uni. I said that I have juggled work and my two masters before and I used time management and organisational skills to keep track of deadlines, other responsibilities, and my leisure time to ease off the stress. The lady seemed impressed so I hope that was enough. – Muds Jan 29 '16 at 18:04
  • Thank you all for the answers! My mum said that it was not a good idea to call back and it would backfire if I did. – Muds Jan 29 '16 at 18:05

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