People are working all over the world and it is hard to bring them in during initial selection. I do not like phone interviews for several reasons. First – there is less confidence that the person on the other end of the line is the same person that will come on your project. Second – there is no assurance that this person is in the country and will not have troubles coming in. Third – I like to see person’s reactions on my questions. For example: the person may be silent on the other end while thinking or is busy checking Internet for an answer. I’d like to know that.