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Old 08-17-2013, 09:17 PM
 
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I'm thinking about recording my next phone interview to show my career counselor (and/or this forum) so I can get some advice on how to improve. Is this illegal? If it is, should I ask the interviewer whether I can record the interview for the stated purpose of showing my career counselor?
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Old 08-17-2013, 09:18 PM
 
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WHOOPS! Meant to post this in the Work & Employment section. Sorry, guys.
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Old 08-18-2013, 08:30 AM
 
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Well it's a catch-22, because if you ask the interviewer first you're not likely to get the job. It's like before you ask a girl out, asking if you can record her so when she rejects you, you can have someone listen to your failed technique...Have you tried simply remembering what was asked of you and how you answered? In remembering back, can you think of any way you might not have come across as confident (hesitating, going "ummm" before answering, etc)?
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:19 PM
 
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If you are okay with the possibility of not getting the job, then I would ask and see what the interviewer says. If it's your dream job, I probably wouldn't ask to record the interview because it might hurt your chances.
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:21 PM
 
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It depends on the states involved. It could be illegal to record without asking. Asking, however, creates potential risk.
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:22 PM
 
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Don't ask. If you do that, you're saying, "Hey, I really want to start this conversation out with an awkward, unusual question that you'll recount today at lunch. Plus, I want you to think that I believe this job is totally out of my reach and that next week, after I don't hear back from you, I'll be talking about my inevitable rejection with a licensed professional." Not the best first impression .

Depends on the state. Twelve require that all people involved in the conversation be aware that it's being recorded, the rest require the knowledge of just one person (aka, you). Telephone recording laws - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I hate to say this, but even if it is illegal in your state, it isn't a huge deal so long as you:
a) Play the recording only to your career counselor and his/her peers.
b) Don't tell anyone you did it.
c) Make sure the interviewer doesn't find out.

Usually I tell people to follow the law, but in this case, I don't think it's a huge deal (risk wise or ethically), so long as you manage to follow those three rules.
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Corona the I.E.
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I'm thinking about recording my next phone interview to show my career counselor (and/or this forum) so I can get some advice on how to improve. Is this illegal? If it is, should I ask the interviewer whether I can record the interview for the stated purpose of showing my career counselor?
Depends on the state laws. Some states require both parties to agree others not.
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