In the 1870s, we were first able to transmit speech electronically, thanks to Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray. Before then, we relied on hand-delivered messages and in-person communication, much like companies do in the hiring process with in-person interviews.
Today, the phone is the most convenient way to reach someone from virtually anywhere, with more than 67% of mobile subscribers in the U.S. owning smartphones.
Your phone is probably sitting within reach right now. The phone has become so commonplace, especially since going mobile, that it’s rare to find someone without a phone nearby most of the time.