Telephone interviews

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Telephone interviews are becoming an important part of the recruitment process. They are frequently used by many organisations as the first stage in selecting a candidate.

Hiring managers use telephone interviews, for example, when candidates will have to travel a long way; when there are large numbers of candidates; when personality is more important than experience or qualification or when a large part of the job will involve talking to people on the telephone.

They can be a quick and much cheaper way to check details on a CV and see if you have relevant experience for a role before the employer invites you for a formal face-to-face interview. 

The employer will want to answer the following questions: 

Here are some tips to consider before and during your interview:

Prepare for a telephone interview as you would any interview but remember: the hiring manager cannot see you, so your enthusiasm and confidence must come across in your voice.

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