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I recently applied to work at a tech company which - to the best of my knowledge - usually does two rounds of phone screening before bringing applicants in for the on-campus interview. They contacted me and want to bring me up without doing a phone interview.

I know this isn't much to go on, but should I take this at face-value or should I read something into this? Call me an optimist, but it seems like a positive thing. Maybe somebody on the inside recommended me without my knowing? Or They found something on my resume/online they liked the look of? Or maybe there's some sort of interview quota they had to fill?

Any insights from hiring managers/HR people would be greatly appreciated. If this is a common thing that means something specific, knowing what it is might be to my advantage. Thanks!


Since a few people seem to indicate that it might depend on the company in question, let's say that it's a large national company (not Google or Microsoft, though), and that I don't live anywhere near the headquarters (it's about as far away as two places can be in the continental US).

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I have had interviews where I went straight to the in-person interview without the phone interview by a technical person. You shouldn't read into what you think you know about their hiring process. –  Ramhound Aug 15 '11 at 14:36
Do you think this company typically interviews candidates who are not close enough to come into an interview without travel costs? –  JeffO Aug 15 '11 at 14:42
@Jeff: Yes, probably. I'll edit my question in case it makes any difference, since I guess the answer might depend on the company... –  Patrick87 Aug 15 '11 at 14:54

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Any time you can skip rounds with recruiters and with generic quizzes, etc. is an opportunity to skip annoying stuff, IMHO. There's obviously some reason they want to get you in the door, whether it's a crisis that just happened last night, or the fact that you are in town and available, or just that they need to get the in-person interviews rolling before the hiring people go to China for a month... It's all good for you, right? :)

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You should always be an optimist going into an interview. Successful candidates often project success by believing they are the right person for the job. Don't second guess any face-to-face interview offered for any reason. Make the best of it. There are many reasons why a company might bypass a phone interview, but none of them should concern you.

Go in there and dazzle them.

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Thanks! I appreciate the motivational message. I do plan on making the best of the situation and giving it my all. I feel kind of bad for trying to get into the recruiters' heads. ;D –  Patrick87 Aug 15 '11 at 14:24
@FarmBoy: There are many reasons why a company might bypass a phone interview, but none of them should concern you. -- A real answer on how he should interpret the change in policy. He should NOT interpret it. –  Joel Etherton Aug 15 '11 at 14:49
@Farmboy: That was my impression as well, but his advice is certainly a far better way to approach this than an occult preoccupation with the reasons behind an organization's decision. That being said, I will wait and see how others respond... –  Patrick87 Aug 15 '11 at 14:51
@JoelEtherton Sorry, commented without reading completely. Deleted. –  Eric Wilson Aug 15 '11 at 15:06

Yes, its a very positive sign. I do phone interviews are there to save time, you weed out any candiates who arent worth the time to interview. They obviously thought just from your CV that you were significatly above the adverage candidate.

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... or that somebody within or a contact outside of the organization knows you and gave a glowing recommendation. –  maple_shaft Aug 15 '11 at 14:40
... or the person hiring is new to the organization, and (s)he simply does it differently than the others before. Or the organizational policy just changed for whatever reason. Or ... –  Péter Török Aug 15 '11 at 14:43

This is a positive sign. They don't feel it is worth their time to even question your technical abilities possibly because your resume is exemplary or because somebody important who knows you gave a glowing recommendation.

The challenge now is if they feel your a good fit for the culture and you have an agreeable can-do attitude. This has always been the easy part for me. I almost always got an offer after making it through the technical screening.

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I would look at it two ways. 1) you've been somewhat accelerated and 2) you still have to do the interview anyway.

To some extent, it doesn't really matter that you've been accelerated if you don't pass the interview. I'd concentrate on that and stop reading anything into anything else.

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