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Telephone interviews used to be pretty rare, but not anymore.

Companies like Debenhams, John Lewis, Scottish Power and Tesco all use telephone interviews. So do most of the big financial services companies.

Interviewing applicants face-to-face is expensive for employers. So, many large companies now prefer to arrange telephone interviews at an early stage in the recruitment process. This helps them to:

It might seem a bit intimidating but it does have certain advantages.

You might miss being able to see the interviewer’s facial expressions and body language; these can give you some idea of how well the interview is going. But, it can be a really positive experience, if you are well prepared.  

Here are a few hints and tips that will help you make a good impression.



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