Wendy J. Fibison, Ph.D.
Office of Training and Diversity
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Telephone interviewing has become a popular method of refining the applicant pool because it allows interviewers to interact with a high number of applicants in a very short period of time.
Although not as formal as a face-to-face interview, telephone interviews should still be treated with equal seriousness. An interviewer can tell a lot about your style and personality just by your approach during a phone interview. Interviewers will be listening for your enthusiasm, technical interest, and knowledge. Taking time to lay the groundwork is essential for a successful experience.
Prepare just as you would if you were meeting your interviewer face to face. Treat this as a formal meeting.
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Last Updated January 30, 2009