phone interviews

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

February 11, 2014

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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how long should you wait when a hiring manager doesn’t call you when scheduled to?

February 22, 2013

A reader writes: Could you please give your advice on calling etiquette with a potential hiring manager? I had scheduled via email a time to speak with the hiring manager to address a particular point that they’d asked for clarification on after my first interview. In this case, the hiring manager had responded saying she […]

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

November 6, 2012

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?

September 19, 2012

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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don’t make these 10 mistakes in your next phone interview

September 17, 2012

Over at U.S. News & World Report today, I talk about 10 mistakes people often make in phone interviews, from thinking it’s not a “real” interview to not being ready to answer basic screening questions (like about salary) and more. You can read it here.

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when an employer asks you to call them long-distance

May 11, 2012

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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how to stand out in a phone interview, and awkward talks with your coworkers

February 1, 2012

Please do me a favor and excel in your next phone interview by following my advice here. I’ve written about why finding out in advance how much time to allot can help you better prepare, what kind of notes you should have on hand, and more. And then do me another favor and have a […]

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is “use a land line” outdated advice for phone interviews?

July 7, 2011

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

May 30, 2011

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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don’t send poetry as your writing sample, and other suggestions for job applicants

December 30, 2010

I’m hiring college students for several internships right now, which means that the candidates are a mix of really impressive/prepared and really … not. Lessons from just this past week: 1. Don’t send poetry as your writing sample. It doesn’t matter how good it is; it’s not relevant to the kind of writing I need […]

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