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Points to consider for Telephone Interview

1. What is Telephonic Interview?

Telephone interviews have become the recruiter latest tool in the ongoing battle of analyzing through huge numbers of candidates applying for a particular position. This is not the replacement of the common face to face interview but rather as a before last step in the recruitment process to ensure that precious few evaluation. Telephonic interviews are mainly designed to assess the strengths of the candidates and select quality candidates from the list. Telephonic interview questions will focus on your resume, work experience, academic history, particular role in industry and knowledge about the industry, your skills, qualifications and competencies. It declares whether a person gets selected for the job or not.


2. What are the most frequently asked questions in a Telephone Interview?

Possible telephonic interview questions may contain:

• Could you tell me a short description about yourself?

• What interested you in this particular role?

• What do you expect this role to be?

• Why are you thinking of leaving your current job?

• What do you know about our company?

• What experience do you have that is relevant to this position?

• What are your key strengths?

• Can you describe some of your current or previous duties?

• Are you happy working flexible hours?

• What are your salary expectations?

• Where do you see yourself in 5 years later?

• Do you have any questions?


3. How to prepare for a Telephonic Interview?

Use the given tips for a successful telephone interview as:

• Practice: professionals have said that practice makes man perfect. Practice all the possible questions of an interview and rehearse them in front of a mirror.


• Research: Take a proper knowledge about company their website, services, products, prospect employer, relevant trade press releases, its market value and competitors.

• Plan: You can also plan your own questions to be asked before interview.  For this ask only appropriate questions which can be answered immediately.


4. What do and not do during Telephone Interview?

Here are some points need to be considered:

  • Keep a pen and paper with you at the time of interview to continue the conversation without any interruptions.
  •  It is better to avoid smoking and eating while telephonic interview is going on.
  • Make sure that, you lock your door or you sit in a sound free environment.
  •  Take a mock interview before the actual interview.
  •  Use short and simple sentences while attending telephonic interview.
  •  Be confident and calm while answering the questions.

5. What are the tips for a successful Telephone Interview?

These common tips can be useful to follow:

• Note down all the important points on a paper and keep your reference reports ready with you.

• Keep yourself relaxed.

• Make sure that you need no break during the interview.

• Keeping one glass of water nearby can improve your voice.

• Turnoff all the possible interruptions like TV, Stereo and others while taking the call.

• Rehearse all the questions in front of a mirror to gain confidence.

• Listen carefully during the interview process.

• Do not use unprofessional language. Sound courteous and polite. Thank the interviewer once the interview process is complete.

If you have given a best telephonic round then this is a positive sign and you can confidently prepare for the next round.  

About the Author

Nitish Singh

 This is a common interview question asked by the interviewer to candidate. So you should well prepare for a short description about yourself. Briefly explain your academics and your marks if you acquire good marks otherwise ignore it. Explain in short about your family background and your hobbies. In the last describe about your strengths and weaknesses and goals and achievements