phone interviews

if you aren’t screening job candidates by phone, you must start now

I’ve been asked a few times recently if it’s really worth spending the time on phone interviews before bringing job candidates in for in-person interviews, and the answer is a loud, ear-splitting YES. Phone interviews are a massive time saver for you and for job candidates, because you can quickly eliminate people who aren’t right […]

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fine, you can use a cell phone for your phone interview

I’m officially retiring the “don’t use a cell phone for a phone interview” advice that’s still out there in many places. I realized today that the vast majority of phone interviews I’ve conducted in the last year have been with people on cell phones. So clearly the world has moved on from the “use a […]

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why do employers do preliminary phone interviews?

Since employers usually have far more qualified job applicants than they can realistically interview, they often use preliminary phone interviews to screen candidates and narrow down their pool before bringing finalists in to talk in-person. But what are employers really looking for in these phone screens? Are they just checking to make sure you’re not […]

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when an employer asks you to call them long-distance

A reader writes: I applied for a job at a large insurance company and was contacted to set up a phone interview. When I called the HR representative back to set up a date and time, she requested that I call her at the appointed time. I agreed. After hanging up, I realized that this […]

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is “use a land line” outdated advice for phone interviews?

Somehow, yesterday’s post about giving feedback to your interviewer has turned into a debate in the comments on whether it’s reasonable to advise candidates to use a land line for phone interviews. In the past, I’ve been a firm advocate for using a land line when you’re doing a phone interview. The sound quality is often […]

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10 ways to ace your phone interview

My column this week at U.S. News & World Report is on 10 ways to ace your phone interview. If you’ve been reading me for any length of time, I’ll be personally disappointed in you if you don’t know these tips, but if you’re new or you need a refresher, check it out here.

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