Phone Interview Questions

phone interview questionsThe main difference between phone interview questions and face to face interview questions, is the emphasis on “big picture” questions.

These are favoured in phone interviews because they uncover your motivation and ability, which tells them if you’re worth meeting to find out more.

And then the face to face interview is more “detail focused”, finding out how specifically you go about things.

In phone interviews you will obviously also hear questions which unearth your suitability, as well as a few questions requiring you to give specific examples.

Here are some of the questions you’re likely to hear.

Phone Interview Questions: Uncovering your Suitability

1. What are you currently earning?

2. What are your salary expectations?

3. Are you willing to relocate for the job?

4. Are you willing to travel for the job?

5. When are you available to start?

Phone Interview Questions: Uncovering your Motivations

6. Why are you leaving your current job?

7. Why do you want to work for us?

8. Why did you apply for this position?

Hint: Find out some great answers to these interview questions here. But only if you promise me you’ll come right back afterwards!

Phone Interview Questions: Uncovering your Abilities

9. Tell me about yourself.

Hint: This was also covered on the same page as before. I’m glad you came back, by the way :)

10. What are your strengths?

11. Tell me about the accomplishments you’re most proud of.

12. What makes you the best person for this job?

13. What kind of experience do you have for this job?

Hint: For some advice on how to answer these questions, click here. Meet you back here in 2?

Phone Interview Questions: Giving Specific Examples

14. Tell me about a time you felt was particularly challenging. How did you meet the challenge? What was unique about your approach?

15. Describe a time you worked under pressure. How did you handle it?

16. What is the most difficult situation you’ve faced?

Hint: The STAR technique from the link above will help.

Phone Interview Questions: Wildcard Questions

These are questions that appear to be much more random. However, they will reveal valuable information about your interviewer’s needs.

For example:

17. Tell me about the worst boss you’ve had.

You could be asked this if they’ve had problems in the past with insubordinate staff.

18. Are you willing to take risks?

The job might need someone who can weigh things up and take calculated risks.

19. How loyal are you?

They might be having problems with staff loyalty.

20. How do you manage tension?

The role could be pressurised for a number of reasons.
It’s hard to predict these, so it pays to be aware of all the different interview questions you could be asked from here. I’ll be here when you get back, I promise :)

If you’re asked one of these more random, specific questions during your phone interview, make a note of it. Why?

Because your interviewer’s shown their hand, and let you know that this will massively influence their decision.

So prepare some answers which address this concern ready for your face to face interview.

How many other candidates pick up on this? Not many. They’re just relieved it’s over. They chalk it up to a random question and forget about it.

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Phone Interview Questions: Final Tip

The bottom line is, you won’t be asked anything different than you would be asked in a face to face interview. So it certainly won’t hurt to prepare for questions the same way you would for a face to face interview.

Here is that list of common interview questions again, in case you missed it the first time.

There are other differences you need to manage with a phone interview though, for example, how to make a good impression when they can’t see you. These phone interview tips will help you breeze through it.

Are you ready to give yourself the best possible chance of having the career you want yet? Find out how you can make yourself stand out from the crowd here.