Even before the economy soured, telephone interviews were becoming prevalent as a hiring practice. Office politics and governmental regulations often demanded that managers give a voice to applicants whose resumes painted them as anything other than perfect fits for the available positions. Telephone interviews became an expedient means of separating the wheat from the chaff. The wheat that did emerge (viable candidates) was subsequently granted the more time-consumptive and in-depth interviews. Employers now facing a gut of applicants do not have the luxury of granting face-to-face interviews to every single candidate. Thus, the telephone interview has gained even more significance in this tightened economy.