Phone Interviews

They're a quick and easy way to screen potential employees.

Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox

Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now!
1 min read
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Phone interviews are being used more and more as a tool to evaluate before bringing them in for an interview. They save time and can help you determine whether you want to arrange for a face-to-face meeting. Before you call a prospective candidate, make sure you have a clear agenda of the items you want to cover. Organize your questions in advance so that your conversation will follow a natural and orderly process. It is courteous to schedule a phone interview rather than assume the candidate will have the time to talk whenever you call. Be prepared to ask him the same direct qualifying questions that you would ask in person.

If the candidate doesn't sound right on the phone, chances are he won't sound any better when you meet. If this is the case, you've saved yourself a lot of time. Go on to your next candidate.

Excerpted from Attracting & Rewarding Outstanding Employees

More from Entrepreneur

We created the SYOB course to help you get started on your entrepreneurial journey. You can now sign up for just $99, plus receive a 7-day free trial. Just use promo code SYOB99 to claim your offer.
Jumpstart Your Business. Entrepreneur Insider is your all-access pass to the skills, experts, and network you need to get your business off the ground—or take it to the next level.
Are you paying too much for business insurance? Do you have critical gaps in your coverage? Trust Entrepreneur to help you find out.

Latest on Entrepreneur