Simple answer? Every time you invited in for a potential position…this makes it an interview. Being invited in can coming into the company’s offices or having a phone interview. Not sure why some people don’t seem to take a phone interview seriously.
Sometimes, a phone interview is the first step. Not taking this seriously, can guarantee that you won’t be invited in for a company interview. The phone interview is a great opportunity to shine. You can have the company’s website at your fingertips as well as notes you’ve taken when you researched the company.
When scheduling the phone interview, find out who will be interviewing you. Many are conference calls. You may have multiple interviewers. You should take notes and have water/tea nearby.
Interviews take many forms. Every one deserves your best.
I would love to hear your interview experiences.