Phone interviews are being performed by more companies and employers than ever. If you are seeking a work at home or freelance professional, a phone interview is typical. This article content will provide you with information to conduct a successful phone interview.

Phone interviews are an implement or device for employers to save time with screening potential job applicants or in the case of working from home, they will substitute for a meeting interview. Prospective employees can make a good impression with a phone interview as well as a meeting interview.

Phone interviews can efficiently and quickly weed out a large pool of applicants for a particular position. This is a resourceful use of your time as an employer.

Prior to making your call, be organized. Homework prior to the call would be to review the applicant's resume, references submitted and description of the actual position. A list of questions for the applicant is also part of your homework.

During the call make certain you explain your company's hiring strategy and what is expected of the applicant for the position. Long pauses or breaks in the conversation or searching for information during the call appears unprofessional.

The phone call shouldn't be longer than 20 minutes. Typically in the first five minutes of your call, you can form an impression if this is the correct person for the position. However, your question list should still be followed. You can write two listings for questions if preferred, a short list and a long list. The short list of questions can be for the applicants that you have summed up as not right for the position and the longer list would be those that are considered highly on your inventory of just right for the position.

Your question list should include asking the client what they can bring to your business and how they can convert their skills to make your business more effective. This is always a great question during any interview. It tells you a lot about the applicants past, present and future and how they perceive themselves.

Your interview call to the applicant should be made on time and the tone should remain businesslike and professional. Pen and paper should be on hand at the time of the call for your personal impressions and other notes concerning the applicant you wish to make. If you are making quite a few calls this is very important when reviewing information at a later date when a final decision is being made.

At the end of the initial call you should be able to assess if the applicant is worth another follow up interview and if they are right for your company. If you have a small pool of applicants, you may be able to make a decision by the end of all of your phone calls on the same day.

These tips will be very useful in conducting a phone interview to determine if a candidate fits the criteria you have established for your open position. This same format of information can also be used for interviewing clients online through IM (instant messaging) resources.