I've never found that to be a good "call"
I've been hearing from people that they are getting contacted by companies and staffing firms to come right in for an in-person interview without going through an initial phone screen first. These are educated, experienced mid- to senior-level career workers pursuing professional positions.
In my personal experience as a job seeker I never had a worthwhile interview experience with a company that skipped the phone interview. And, because of that, a couple of times when I politely questioned whether that option was available or suggested that step, it was as if that would be an imposition. To me that is a huge RED FLAG about their hiring process!
As an interviewer, I can't imagine any reason not to conduct phone screens. It seems much more efficient for all parties involved and helps establish mutual interest without wasting time.
What do you think?