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How to Ace the Phone Interview

By Karen Burns

Posted: February 10, 2010

Many job interviews these days are conducted by phone. It's faster and cheaper for both job hirers and hunters. HR folks especially like it because it allows them to screen more applicants in less time. A phone interview may even be your first contact with a potential employer.

Phone interviews are not, however, the same as in-person interviews. So much human communication is non-verbal! You may need to acquire a few new skills to pull off a great job interview over the phone. To get you started, check out these phone interview do's and don'ts:


DON'T: (Most of these should go without saying but let's say them anyway.)

Good luck. Your next phone interview may be The One. Oh, and don't forget to follow up with a thank-you note, just as you would after an in-person meeting.

Karen Burns is the author of the illustrated career advice book The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use, recently released by Running Press. She blogs at www.karenburnsworkinggirl.com.