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Phone Interview Questions
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Phone Interview Questions

Phone interviews are conducted by either a human resource professional or a hiring manager. However today, some of the phone interview is conducted by a third party recruiter. Though interviews done via phone line are unanticipated and unpredicted, preparation is still necessary because your interview answers will determine your qualification for the job. The following are the most typically phone interview questions and how to properly answer these questions.

Tell me a little about yourself? Apparently, you are required to keep it as short as possible. Bear in mind that the interview is done through phone. When answering this kind of interview questions, you must focus on your qualities that are relevant to the job you are applying to. Mention your experience that reflects your best qualities and skills that are relevant.

Why did you apply for the job? The thing is interview questions like this are not made to criticize you and judge your capacity. The interviewer only wants to determine your interest for the job or even to the company. So, respond with high motivation and interest.

What do you know about our company/position? To successfully tap this phone interview question, you are encouraged to some researching about the company and the job position. Hence, your preparation is very essential.

Phone interviews are as important as personal interviews. The former is the pre-requisite of the latter, so to speak, and both should not be taken lightly as these will lead you to your eventual hiring.

Phone interviews are either scheduled or unscheduled. In both instances, one of the best phone interview tips is for you to be prepared. You should more or less memorize by heart what your resume contains just in case the employer suddenly calls up catching you during unguarded moments. Likewise, keep track of the companies that which you have submitted job applications, with emphasis on their line of business/industry.

Whether the interview is planned or not, here are some phone interview tips that you should keep in mind during the actual process:

• Don’t smoke, chew gum, eat or drink. If the interview is unannounced, politely ask the interviewer to give you a few seconds to stop whatever it is that you are doing so that you can concentrate on your conversation;
• Grab a piece of paper and pen whenever available. It’s a good idea to take down notes for your future reference;
• Especially when at home, we tend to be cozy when talking to someone on the phone stretched out in our sofa. When we are in this mood, we tend to relax and may inadvertently give too much information than what is necessary. Our voice also has the tendency to sound laid back which may give the interview an impression of laxity. The position for you is to set up straight and be as businesslike as possible just like what you should do during an actual face to face interview;
• As early as now, try curtailing the “ums”, “uhs”, “hmmm” and similar expressions from your regular conversation, as these do not actually give you plus points whether during a phone interview or any form of oral communications;
• Allow the interviewer to finish his/her question or statement before you speak. And when you do, give just short answers in a clear manner;
• Smile! It gives you a positive aura that transcends even beyond the telephone lines;
• After the interview, don’t forget to send a thank you letter, and at the same time reiterate your interest in the job.

Phone interviews can sometimes unnerving since you do not a have visual image of the person you are talking to. On the brighter side, the interviewer does not see you also, which may be to your advantage because he or she does not see how nervous you may be.

The above-mentioned phone interview tips will help you go through the experience more confidently and impress the person at the other end of the line. Phone interviews are among the challenges of our professional lives, but remember, this part is just the beginning.

How well do you handle stress? Everyone get stress out once in awhile. How you handle them will reflect how you can overcome obstacles and weaknesses. Typically, best remedies for stress are related to physical activities. Handling stress by staying away from people does not sound good on your part.

How do you see yourself in five years? Employers usually want to hire people that are willing to work for them for a much longer period of time. This will save them from hiring and training cost. If you respond with an answer the closely associated to the job you applied for, then you are more likely to pass the phone interview.

Why are you considering leaving your current job? Interviewers want to weigh things, whether you are worth for a face-to-face interview or not. Interviewers had designed interview questions to make their hiring process much easier and faster. In fact, they would rather spend days on a phone interview, than on a one on one encounter. So if they see that you are an employer that quits without legitimate reason, they won’t consider you.

What is your biggest achievement? Your priorities can be determined based on your response to this phone interview question. Set your goal and achievement based from the qualities needed for the job. So if you are applying for a teaching position, your biggest achievement may be your contribution to the excellence of one of your students.

There are also interview questions that only need numerical response. Examples are: How many years of working experience do you have in your previous job? And rate your communication skills. Answer them briefly as possible. Apart from these phone interview questions, you will also be asked with: when will you be available? and what’s your salary expectation? Be honest and you will definitely rock your phone interview.

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Re: Phone Interview Questions
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hi, i am Gloria Cartwright
In most of phone interviews they will ask about personal and general things why because they will test how we are speaking with other persons am i right...

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