phone interviews

is “use a land line” outdated advice for phone interviews?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

More and more employers are using phone interviews as screens to narrow down their applicant pool before deciding who to interview in person. These conversations range from short and perfunctory to lengthy and in-depth, and job candidates don’t always know in advance which type it’s going to be. Here are 10 ways to ace your […]

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interviewer didn’t give me any time to ask my own questions

A reader writes: I am stumped about a telephone interview I had today.  I did my homework and researched the company as it is in a major city 5-7 hrs away.  The position is a professional position and I have the professional license for the position.  In talking to the manager of the the division, […]

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you should not do a phone interview at 55 miles an hour

I’m not sure why anyone would do a pre-scheduled phone interview while they were driving, but since I’ve recently discovered that some people do in fact engage in this behavior, please consider this a formal suggestion not to. It baffles me that this happens, because: 1. First of all, you can’t focus fully. Why, why, […]

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a day of phone interviews – experience it for yourself!

Today I did a slew of phone interviews for an open position and thought you guys might find it interesting to peek into the hiring process from the employer’s side. This is pretty typical of how a day of phone interviews go. The position I’m hiring for is an entry-level job, doing administrative work that isn’t […]

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36 phone interviews in 3 days

A reader writes: I applied for an IT position at the university here and a week or so after the posting ended received a request for a phone interview, which I happily accepted. I was told to expect a 15-20 minute interview scheduled on the half hour. The interviewers called on schedule and quickly ran […]

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how to prepare for a phone interview

I’m always amazed by how often I can tell that a candidate hasn’t really prepared for a phone interview. Laziness aside, preparing takes a lot of the stress out of the experience and lets you answer the phone feeling confident and possibly even excited. Here’s what I recommend you do to prepare. Ideally, you’d do […]

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