phone interview

Help, I have a phone interview! What should I expect? Check here and see what others are saying.

I thought I should share my experience. I filed for unemployment last Nov online. I answered yes when asked if I was attending school. I entered that the class was online & included the name of the college. I started another online class in Jan & selected yes to starting school/training when certifying. I did this again in Feb. I realized I needed to complete a training program in order to get a job. I started looking into CTB. I found a school & program that met the requirement. Since I notified them of my prior school attendance I figured this counted towards the requirement to inquire prior to the 16th week. I also thought my current job experience & title was not in demand since I could not find a job & the demand percentage was low. I started the training program in March & notified the EDD on my certification & through UI online. I had a phone interview & a week later I found out I was DENIED for CTB and TE because I did “not apply for CTB prior to the 16th week of benefits” & “I was not out of work due to lack of demand for my current occupation.” I was also denied benefits for my current claim because I was “not available for work due to my school schedule.” At this time I called the EDD & had another phone interview regarding my availability for work. I provide proof that I switched to the night class so the representative lifted the disqualification. But I still had to appeal the other disqualifications. I met with the judge & explained that I notified the EDD 4 times that I was going to school, that I did not have a certificate/degree for my previous job & I was trained on the job. I have 5 years experience, but I could not find a similar job nor was I qualified for jobs with the same job title. I also explained I was looking/available for work even though I was attending school. A week later I found out that the judge reversed the decision. I am now on the 6 month training extension. Let me know if you have any questions.


Hello, I filed for benefits on 05/04/16 after being laid off from my assignment through a Staffing agency. I was receiving benefits until 06/03/16 when I received a phone interview notice due to an alleged “Job Offer Refusal” (Total Bull) from my last employer.

I completed the interview today, telling the Adjuster (Whats up with their freakin’ attitude!?) that I did not receive anywhere to close enough information to even consider it as a Job Offer. I’m talking about no wage, no working conditions, and no job title. All I got is, “There is work in the ‘Output Dept’this week starting tomorrow @8am.” She then tells me, “Ok, I’m now going to call the Employer to find out their story.”
This was at 12:15pm, after EDD closing time.

How long does it usually take to hear back? They have not released my payment yet and Bills are due in a couple of days. I will be so Pissed if they make me Appeal at this time! I know I will win, but I cant deal with the delay. It makes no sense why they pause payments before even proving the allegations!


I filed for EDD back in January 2016 because my employer laid me off stating I wasn’t a good fit for the company! I waited until the end of Feb 2016 to even get a phone interview (during this time i was waiting for my tax return but I didn’t receive it because EDD made a mistake and took my tax refund!). After finally straightening that out I was audited by the IRS and learned my tax man had filed wrong thus leaving me broke, homeless, and my car repossessed. I know many people have family and friends they can turn too but I have no one! I’m alone!
Then I get a letter from EDD the first week in March 2016 stating I was disqualified because my employer claimed I stole money and lied about my hours (which was a lie!!!!! For the sake of being honest, yes I did record my hours in my personal time sheet log but never submitted it for payroll BUT the hours that were incorrect were because she fired me over the phone because I was out sick so I could not repair my logs correctly because she terminated me and logged me out of the system. Then she had the nerve to say I stole $16 from the company’s PayPal account, which never happened. Yes, I used the money but it was for a company item at Staples. I could not provide proof because she locked me out of all the company files and fired me on a weekend! Mind you this is the head of Labor 411, a company that is suppose to be advocate for the people and she abuses her employees!! She should be ashamed. Her former office manager ripped her off for $10000 and she held me hostage with paranoia the whole time I was employed there because of that.
SO now I wait on my EDD appeal! I am homeless, carless, unemployed, no family or friends to help me and the EDD doesn’t care! My cell phone is scheduled to be turned off any day and I’m contemplating suicide! The EDD should be ashamed of what they put people through! Does anyone have any suggestions on who I can call or email to speed up my appeal?? Anything will help, please!!!


Can anyone provide some basic advice?

After a lengthy Independent Contractor / eligibility investigation, EDD ruled in my favor that the my former “employer” falsely paid me as a contractor. I received the written determination, a revised reward, and subsequently a month of payments.

Fastforward to today; and I received a voicemail stating that a phone interview was scheduled. I did not receive any type of written documentation. Upon contacting EDD via phone, they told me that my employer had provided additional “wage” info and that they could not provide any additional info until i conducted this new interview. In addition, they informed me that they did not have all of the info in front of them in the system, however, my payments have been put on “hold”.

As you can imagine, I am extremely paranoid and anxiously awaiting that interview scheduled a week from now. Even if my former employer “appealed” their decisions, isn’t it EDD policy to continue paying the claim until the appeals process has been finalized?

Any info would be soooo appreciated! Thanks so Much!


So I received my first two weeks certification email on Friday so I went ahead and certified. Now I got a letter saying I have a phone interview in a week. Will I get laid for the two weeks that they sent me to certify, or will I have to wait another week till the phone interview?!

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How can an EDD representative make a decision based on simply asking the basic, standard questions? Although my rep was nice and pleasant, he really did not want to know much–so how can he make a determination in 7 to 10 days with barely any info.

I know my employer mailed something to EDD, because an employee told me she was mailing it …however, HR has not returned EDD’s phone call (according to what he just told me). The rep told me during this phone interview he left a message for her to call him.

I really don’t see how one EDD person can ask a few questions in less than 8 minutes and then tell a claimant he or she will either be approved or disqualified.


How long do these phone interviews usually take? Anyone know?

I have a lot to say, but everyone is telling me less is more when it comes to this.

I was fired over the phone the morning of my shift without anything in writing. The company’s reasons for termination were vague, to say the least.

I really don’t want to face getting denied UI, and appealing.

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