phone interviews

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is “use a land line” outdated advice for phone interviews?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