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Land the Tech Job You Love by Andy Lester

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Phone Interviews

When you’re interviewing by phone, your interviewer can’t see you, so keep in mind a few techniques that will help you stand out to your interviewer.

The Phone Screen

The phone screen is a sort of mini-interview usually used to do a basic check of your skills and background before taking the time and expense of having a face-to-face interview at the company. Usually it will involve just one person from the company talking to you on the phone, one-on-one. The goal is to spend five or ten minutes up front before committing to a bigger process.

Typically, the manager or HR representative will ask a few basic questions like “You say on your résumé that you know Java. How long have you been using it?” and “Which Linux distributions ...

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