phone interview

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

I filed back in May. I had a phone interview, registered online, registered for caljobs and also went to an REA appointment. When I look online all my certifications say “pending”, I have 6 total so far. I have not gotten any other mail, and every 2 weeks I get an email asking me to fill out my certification…which I complete.
When I was at my REA appointment they mentioned that everyone should hear something within a week, its been almost 2 now.
Has anyone else experienced this long of a wait for their first payment? I dont have a debit card yet, and like I mentioned all my payment certifications say pending.

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I too filed for unemployment benefits for the first time. I was required to do 2 things after my phone interview: file something using the edd ui website, and register for caljobs.

I couldn’t do either one.

I couldn’t access the ui website because I couldn’t even register for it. I couldn’t register as a new user since I filed for disability for a 3 week period when I had surgery 2 years ago. I had to use the sdi login I created back then. Needless to say I couldn’t remember it. It’s apparently impossible to recover and calling the 800 number got me no where.

Similarly with caljobs, they sent me a notice saying that I must register and that they had started a “pre registration” for me. All I had to do is use my last name, first initial, and last 4 of the sun to login. No matter how many different ways I typed it in (the instructions are very clear and precise, it’s just that following them doesn’t work. I suspect due to my hyphenated last name) nothing worked.

So I decided to register myself manually from scratch, but that didn’t work either. Why? Because the blasted thing said I was already registered. ..

The edd is sinfully useless. Requiring people to jump through hoops and then not giving them the tools that allow them to do so is cruel.

I’ve been locked out of my sdi account and am waiting for a reply as to the calworks. This stuff has me seriously stressed out as to whether or not I will be punished for failure to register.

I want my taxes back!!!


I recieved a bonus on 5/31. I reported it when I certified on 6/12, and was given a phone interview on 6/23 to explain the payment. It was for performance for when I was previously employed, so it should not affect my benefits. At the end of the interview, they said they just needed to contact the employer to confirm.

I will certify again this Sunday. Has anyone experienced something like this? I’m down to my last few dollars and really worried that this delay is going to affect my next certification as well. My daughter just broke her brand new glasses, and I can’t even afford the stupid deductible to get them replaced until I get my payment.


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!