At the ACS Careers blog, consultant Lisa Balbes shares her tips for successful phone interviews. Before the interview, she says, it's essential that candidates get to know the company they are interviewing for by reading "as much as possible on their Web site" and asking around to "find out about both typical projects and the culture" there.

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