Phone interviews are about as fun as flu shots. And like shots, they're painful, sometimes nauseating, but a necessary part of life. Deprived of the many cues afforded by a face to face meeting -- the types of visual aids that let us know when the other side is done speaking or if they are even still listening -- phone interviews can be stilted and awkward for both the interviewer and interviewee.
However, there's a reason we do them. The phone interview can be a great, quick way to connect with candidates who are far away, or to screen candidates before bringing them in to meet face-to-face. So don't dread them, make them better. Here are three simple tips to help you conduct improved phone interviews.