I have seen many different interview styles. One of the most common is the phone interview. Though not everyone prepares for them, they can be just as important to do well in as any other type of interview. In this post, we will discuss all you need to know about preparing for your next phone interview and answer some tough questions that often come up during these types of interviews!
A phone interview is one of the most common and useful tools that recruiters use to screen potential candidates. This allows them to make sure you meet a certain set of requirements before advancing your application any further, which can help save time for both parties in the long run. While it’s important not to underestimate these seemingly quick conversations, there are still plenty of things you should know beforehand!
In phone interviews, you don’t have the benefit of body language to help convey what you are thinking. Instead, it is important that your tone and dialogue mesh with a formal voice in order to provide clear information for prospective employers. With no one around but yourself on the other side of the line, now’s as good an opportunity as any to plan out responses beforehand so there will be less back-and-forth between interviewer and interviewee during this short span time.
How to Prepare for a Phone Interview
Phone interviews are a great way to get your foot in the door for some companies, and it’s important not to blow that opportunity. The last thing you want is an employer telling you they’re just “not sure about” hiring someone who can’t seem to show up on time or has no work experience at all! Phone interview questions vary from company to company but there are several very common questions asked during phone interviews: Why do I want this job? What makes me qualified for this position? How would my skills help benefit your organization/team if hired? Here we’ll go over how these types of questions might be answered by giving examples with answers — hopefully, those will inspire you when preparing yourself ahead of any upcoming calls.
It’s understandable that it can be difficult to get a job these days. It seems like there are so many people looking for jobs, and only enough positions available for the few lucky ones who find them first!
Most interviews start off much more casually than what you might think they would–they’re just trying to screen out candidates at this point in order to determine if they qualify or not before moving forward into asking any tough questions about skillsets or experience levels.
Phone Interview Questions
1. Tell me about yourself
This question helps connect the dots between you and your potential position. Sometimes, though, this interview might not be with a hiring manager but rather someone in HR or recruiting who has little experience working in your field. In that case, they may have no context about what makes for a good resume fit. For people whose background is very diverse or includes many random jobs, it can often be difficult to make those connections from an interviewer’s perspective when reading through their resume as well – even harder if there are gaps of time where one hasn’t worked at all!
2. How did you find this position
There are two reasons why an interviewer might ask this: they’re genuinely curious and want to refine their recruiting process, or they just don’t know how you found out about the job. If it was a unique way like through personal connection that could be important information for them. There are two reasons why an interviewer might ask this: they’re genuinely curious and want to refine their recruiting process, or they just don’t know how you found out about the job. If it was a unique way like through personal connection that could be important information for them.
3. Why are you leaving/did you left your last job?
This is one of the trickiest and most common phone interview questions. Do not say anything that will make the new company question whether you have a pattern for getting into sticky situations with previous employers. You might think that’s an easy question to answer: just don’t say anything bad about them! But as soon as you do, there will be a new company questioning whether they would have any problems like this again in their future should they hire you instead.
4. What do you know about our company?
The interviewer wants to know if you’re passionate about the company. Anyone can apply for an open job posting, but it takes more than that to be a candidate for this position. You need to do your research and have passion in order to show interest in our organization!
You might not want to regurgitate their “About” page. Rather, pick one or two qualities of the organization that resonate with you—their mission, product, brand – and explain why you admire them.
5. Why do you want this job?
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “don’t burn bridges,” right? Recruiters might ask this question during an interview to understand more about your work situation and determine if they can offer something better than what you have now. So how do we answer without sounding too eager while still staying positive about our current opportunities or completely dismissing them with negativity?
The interviewer asks this because they want to see if you did your research and actually care about who they are and what they do. What they don’t want to hear is, “I need a job and just happened upon yours.”
6. What is your current job and role?
Interviewers often ask this question in order to learn more about your skills and expertise, as well as assess whether or not you can effectively communicate the value proposition.
Well, you’ve been doing your job for a while now. You know what goes in and how it gets done. So why not make the most of it? Talk to us about that day when everything seemed to go wrong but somehow turned out alright because you handled things on your own without any help from anyone else—and then talk more about those skills I mentioned earlier where they were an asset to your team!
7. What do you want for your next job?
This question sets the expectation of what this person is going to come in here and do for us. Ideally, your goals should align with those of the role you are interviewing for though it’s important that both parties know their needs before anything else can happen. For example, if there is little room for mobility at a job while you want to grow and move up within 2 years, then these roles will likely not be aligned enough so as long term hires; however this doesn’t mean an interviewee wouldn’t enjoy working alongside others or even getting some experience prior to moving on from one company but still looking elsewhere until they find another suitable place where they could achieve career growth without being stagnant.
8. What type of manager do you best work with?
The manager-employee relationship needs to be a good fit for the company and both parties. Potential employees need to get along with their boss, or else they will not work well together which can lead to job insecurity as well as other problems on site. A prospective employee should have a clear idea of what type of management style they are looking for in order to find success at this workplace.
It’s not like the decision to rehire you always lies in my hands, but this is just another data point I can share with whoever makes that final call.
9. Why are you a good candidate for this job?
Plenty of people are qualified on paper for a single job. But interviewers want to narrow down their pool, and asking this question helps them do so.
If you want to really show off your worth outside of the application process, take this opportunity! This question could relate to past experience or skills, but it can also be used for a more creative approach. Try using an interesting title that is different from “Why should we hire me?” and run with it! Just make sure not to plagiarize any work found on Google – they’ll know in seconds if you copy-pasted something word for word without changing anything about it.
10. What are your salary expectations?
“How much do you expect to earn?” Recruiters might ask this question early in the hiring process, like during a phone interview, to see if your salary expectations align with what they have budgeted for the role. Understanding how much someone expects can help them determine whether or not an applicant is overqualified or under-qualified for their position. To answer this question it’s best to provide a range that demonstrates both flexibility and expected earnings.