Editor’s note: This is the second article in a series providing interview tips and techniques for attorneys. A link to the first article in the series follows this article.

In this economy, prospective employers are looking to save money wherever possible, and telephone interviews can be cost-effective. Phone interviews usually are used by prospective employers for screening candidates to determine whether to spend the time and money for a face-to-face interview. Telephone interviews can be especially useful in situations where the candidate lives in a different city from the employer, or to determine whether the candidate possesses a specific, possibly esoteric, expertise, which would create a reason for a personal interview. At minimum, an initial telephone contact will validate statements made on the resume and will be used to assess the candidate’s personality, oral communication skills and level of interest in the employer and the opportunity.