phone interviews

what’s up with surprise phone interviews?

A reader writes: I’ve been job searching for a few months now. I just got a call from HR at an organization I applied to a few weeks ago asking me if they had a few minutes to chat — they wanted to go through the position with me and let me know the salary […]

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here are the secrets to acing a phone interview

If you’re looking for a job these days, you’re probably going to find that a lot of employers want to interview you on the phone before asking you to come in for a more in-depth, in-person interview. Phone interviews are increasingly a key part of the hiring process, and doing well at this stage can […]

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

If you have a phone interview coming up and are wondering how to excel in it so that you get offered an in-person interview, here are 10 common mistakes to avoid. 1. Thinking it’s not a real interview. Some job seekers treat phone interviews as if they’re a casual get-to-know-you chat. They rarely are. Phone interviews […]

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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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how to stand out in a phone interview

More and more employers are using phone interviews as screening mechanisms to narrow down their applicant pool before deciding who to interview in person. These calls can range from short and perfunctory to long and in-depth, but either way, it’s crucial to be prepared for them. Here are 10 tips to help you ace phone […]

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