phone interviews

how can I make a good impression in phone interviews?

A reader writes: I’m currently in the middle of a frustrating and fruitless job search after having lost my job when my company shut down its local office. I have more than a decade of professional experience focused on media and marketing, but now that I’m on a job search again, I’m encountering something frustrating: […]

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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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