For positions that are likely to attract interstate or overseas candidates it may be necessary to conduct initial discussions via telephone or video. Telephone and video interviews are normally used to make a preliminary assessment of a candidate. However, you should also meet the candidate face-to-face before making final recommendations.
Telephone interviews may also be of benefit where there are a large number of suitable candidates on a shortlist. A telephone call asking a few questions may assist in the shortlisting decision.
When conducting the interview your questions should be concise and you should remember that the applicant is relying on clear and specific verbal feedback in the absence of non-verbal cues.