I am unbelievably frustrated by the phone screens that HR does. They're so actually useless in assessing whether or not candidates are good. I've had three processes now with absolutely fucking stellar firms for stellar internships, where I've networked well, asked good questions of people who worked in investment related roles, impressed them, and they've referred me to 1st round interviews.
Then I get a first round and my interviewer is an HR person who doesn't know anything and asks your standard "tell me a time when you faced a difficulty?" or something. I answer the typical behaviourals fine, but not to a standout degree, and I've gotten dropped all three times now. It sucks that I never get an actual chance to prove myself to investing related people within the interview process who only do final round interviews! My resume is decent but not great probably when compared with the quality of applicants to the previous firms, and I'm just frustrated that my one edge, my hustle and passion is just completely negated in HR screens.
Sorry about the rant I just am really disappointed by the opportunities that I've lost so far. If anyone is willing, I'd love to try and practice answering behaviorals better with someone, or just work on other things we can improve on. I'm pretty good at technicals and networking now I'd say. I'm recruiting for investing related roles, so if that overlaps we can probably help each other better, but if not, that might be fine too.