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The phone interview is a screening tool which very efficiently screens the right candidate. Phone interviews may be conducted when the employers are too busy to meet face to face with a person. In telephone interviews, after 10 to 12 questions an interviewee may be gauged and the employer can decide there and then whether to appoint the person or just end the interview session. In first interviews nobody knows what the one they are going to meet will be like. Phone interview are an easy way to judge the person at the other end.

Regardless of how you interview, an excellent interview is bound to win you a high job. They are conducted just like interviews in person. It is important that you know about typical phone interview questions and their answers so that you know what to say in the interview. Get ready for a phone conversation about your skills and experiences.

Here are a few sample questions and answers:

  • Name of company you last worked with, job title and job description, they can ask about your dates of employment. Be prepared to tell the names of the companies you worked for, your job title, your starting and ending dates, how much you earned and what your job involved.
  • What were your starting and final levels of payments? Tell how much you earned at each of your earlier positions.
  • What were your responsibilities? Be specific and tell positively about your responsibilities. Try relating your responsibilities with the ones required for the job you are being interviewed for. He will see your qualifications and may even refer to the past employers. So don’t exaggerate.
  • What major challenges and problems did you face? How did you handle them? Include specific examples from particular difficult situations. Tell how you viewed the issue and then solved it.
  • Why are you leaving your previous job? Focus on your future job, especially if you are leaving the job under bad circumstances. Be honest and never speak badly about your previous employer.
  • What interests you about this job? Enlist the qualifications required for the job applied, and connect them to your skills and experience.
  • Why do you want this job? Tell that the company is the right place for you to prove your talents and capabilities. Say that you are confident to show your best.
  • What applicable attributes / experience do you have? Be specific about your attributes. Tell your past experience and relate it to the job you are being interviewed for.
  • Are you overqualified for this job? Assure them that you have the most right level of qualification for the job, neither less nor more.
  • What do you know about this company? What can you do for this company? Research and know a little about the company beforehand. Tell how your qualifications may prove an asset to the company.
  • What challenges are you looking for in a position? Tell that you are motivated by challenges and have the ability to work effectively with challenges. Describe specific examples from the past.
  • What can you contribute to this company? Tell that you are a hard worker and can get things done efficiently. Give some examples.
  • Are you willing to travel? How soon can you be available to start?  Be honest and make an educated decision according to your life style. It’s a good point to be discussed beforehand.
  • When would you be able to come in for an interview? Say that you are available soon. Give an honest time.
  • Is there anything I haven’t told you about the job or company that you would like to know? Do you have any questions about us? It’s your turn! Get your questions ready too. You have full right to interview the employer too. See whether the company is a good match for your qualifications or not.
  • Tell me about yourself. Be specific. Don’t give a laundry list of your skills. Give your Unique Selling Proposition (USP). Give a formal overview of yourself, enlisting your key skills and qualifications.
  •  Describe a typical work week. Describe it telling how you handle different situations.
  • What motivates you?  He wants to know you’re successful. He wants to make sure you are a good fit. Share specific examples of your being motivated towards different goals.
  •  How do you evaluate success? Tell that success at job means meeting goals, and winning the pop-ups.
  • Give an excellent interview for an excellent job. Learn these points not only for the phone interview, but forever. Success comes to those who try, who work hard and who are honest. Apply them in reality too and see success rushing towards you! I wish you all the best for your telephone interview and job!
  • What are your salary expectations? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? You have to know the worth of the job and yourself. Research the salaries and base your answer on that. Do not pop up the issue yourself. Let the boss come to this point. Say that they are flexible, based upon the position and the overall salary package. Or give a salary range to the employer and then leave the matter in his hands.
  • Why do you want to work here? Why are you interested in working here? Assure them that you are seriously interested to work at this company. Be knowledgeable about the company. Bring your experience in line with the company’s requirements.
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