Congratulations: you applied for a position, your résumé and cover letter were well put together, and you have been asked to do a phone interview! This phone interview is the crucial first test you will have to pass before you are taken seriously as an applicant, and, as such, requires a lot of preparation and forethought. Unfortunately, we’ve noticed that many otherwise excellent candidates often do not take phone interviews very seriously, or don’t think they carry the same weight as an in-person interview. In the hope of inspiring these job seekers, we asked our experts to put together a list of six common ways potential candidates can bomb a phone interview. Next week, we’ll take a look at some ways to avoid these errors and ace a phone interview!