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Why Phone Interviews are Different

Phone interviews are commonly perceived by job seekers as screening obstacles instead of influencing opportunities. While the in-person interview hones in on specific details of the position and background, the phone interview gives general impressions for employers to decide whether or not to move forward with a candidate.

Arnie Fertig lists four essential objectives for a successful phone interview: conveying your personal brand, explaining why you applied for the job, explaining how the job fits as a natural part of your career development, and proactively dealing with red flags. By understanding the differences between the two types of interview styles, you can appropriately respond and communicate to employers why you are the ideal candidate.

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