My friend, Maren Hogan, hates phones:
Sooooooooo, I don't know if you know this but they've invented this wonderful invention where you can write me your request (at your convenience) and I can write you back my response (also at my convenience) so why do we do this thing where we interrupt each other WITH NO WARNING and then leave long messages that require me to log in, gather the information and attempt to call YOU back, thus interrupting your day, to achieve the same thing. #crankyoldpersonHATESunscheduledphonecalls
Stephanie Schnick Preaching to the choir! At PwC we (if at all possible) IM people first to ask if it's a good time to chat, and if not, agree on a time to connect. Deloitte's culture is this way as well. I schedule all phone interviews in advance because I want to give my undivided attention. Random phone calls - especially work-related - make me insane.
George LaRocque You can answer your phone at your convenience, if at all. Have an outgoing message that tells people you prefer email. Listen to your vmail at your convenience. And email your response, or a meeting invite, instead of calling back ad hoc. If they don't make your time important, that doesn't mean you can't.
Jerry Albright Always nice to see a discussion among: recruiting? sales? marketing? people letting the world know how to not reach them. I find it oddly fascinating.