A phone screen, or a short phone call lasting 15 to 30 minutes during which a job candidate discusses basic qualifications for and information about a job, is typically conducted by a recruiter or coordinator on a company’s talent acquisition team after a candidate’s application materials have been reviewed. A phone interview, however, is a more in-depth conversation during which a candidate should be prepared to answer more detailed interview questions that delve deeper into experience and behavior. An applicant can prepare for a phone screen by perfecting his or her pitch, reviewing the job description and knowing how qualifications match up, researching the company, setting up for a successful call by charging the phone and minimizing distractions, being ready to answer the right kinds of questions and taking the phone screen seriously. It is important to follow the phone screen with a thank you email and possibly a quick note to check-in.

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