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15 Questions For Phone Interviews With Example Answers – Unified Career

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Although each employer may have a different hiring process than others, most employers use phone interviews to begin the process. Recruiters often use phone interviews to conduct initial screenings to ensure that the candidates they are recommending to the hiring manager meet their requirements. While some employers only require one interview via phone, others may request several with their staff including the hiring manager before asking for an in-person interview.

Do a practice interview by phone

You cannot rely solely on your body language when speaking with your interviewer over the phone. It is crucial to think carefully about how you speak and what your tone means to give a helpful response. You can refer to your notes, unlike in-person interviews. This is a great opportunity to prepare your responses to common interview questions. You should sound natural when you write notes or outline.

This article will provide information and examples of answers to common phone interview questions. It will prepare you for your next meeting with an employer.

Prepare for a telephone interview

Employers will often ask for general information about you and your history to determine if you are a good candidate to move on to the next stage of the hiring process. Prepare to discuss why you are looking for a job and why you are interested in the job and company.

Although each employer will have a different set questions for phone interviews there are some common questions. Here are some phone interview questions and answers that you can refer to when preparing for your interview.


Tell me something about yourself/Tell us about your past.

 Most likely, recruiters and hiring managers will start a telephone interview by asking you about your background. This is an easy way for them learn more about you. This is a time for you to describe your experience and what you are currently doing. Also, why you are qualified. You can provide some personal information to help the employer understand your lifestyle, but you should concentrate on your professional achievements and qualifications.

 Example answer: "As someone who has a lot of experience in education, I can provide guidance to students throughout their college careers." River Tech's Academic Advisor role is a position I am confident in because of my passion for education. Coral Springs University is where I am currently an academic advisor. I have 3,000 students under my care and I am responsible for advising 1,000 students each year. I am responsible for creating course schedules each semester for each student, dealing with student concerns, meeting with students to discuss changes of majors, program evaluations, grade concerns, and other matters. I was educated at Hawaii Western University before that. I have a degree in secondary education and a minor in psychology that has given me the skills to advise students. My career has been a journey to being the Academic Advisor that I wished I had when I was a student at college. I will do whatever it takes to ensure my students' success. It's because of this that I am so excited to talk with you about River Tech's position.


Describe yourself.

The question is similar to "tell us about yourself", but instead of focusing solely on your past experience, you can discuss the skills and attributes that make you an ideal candidate for the job. Employers want to know what your strengths are that are relevant to the job you are applying for. Your description of yourself

 Example answer: "I am results-oriented. I constantly check in with the goal to determine if we are close to or far from our goal and what it will take for it to happen. This pressure is motivating and inspiring for me, as well as the rest of my team. My team has seen a decrease in average product time-to-market by two weeks over the past year.

Why are you applying to this job?

Another question employer often ask is "Why are you applying to this job?" This tells employers if you are serious about the job and have an interest in it. This question can be answered by referring to the job description. These details can include job duties, information about the company, or anything about the job that is in line with your career goals.

Example answer: "I have been working for many years to gain skills in your industry. I believe I have the skills, knowledge and qualifications that you need. I also have a unique perspective from another industry. I'm passionate about environmental protection and it is time to make a difference. Your company is the right place for me to do this.

Why would you like this job?

This question might be asked by recruiters during a telephone interview to learn more about your current job situation. If you are currently employed, be positive when explaining why you are interested in the job.

Example answer: "I found that the aspects of my previous jobs that I enjoyed the most were those which aligned with your job description. For example, creative writing and building relationships. Although I'm grateful for my time with my current company, it's time to change to a position that is more in line with my strengths and allow me to continue my growth as a PR professional.


Let me know what you know about this role.

This question may be asked by employers to determine how much information they should give you about the job you are applying for. This question might tell employers if you have taken the time to read and research the job description.

Example answer: "From your job description, it appears that you are seeking a bookkeeper to support the department's financial activities. These activities include Accounts Payable and Purchase. I understand that HIPAA compliance training is required. I'm certified for this. Many of the tasks you will be doing every day include vendor creation, journal creation, check requests, wire transfer and invoicing for payments. Please tell me more about the position and what the team requires.


Why would you like to work here?

The interviewer may ask you why you would like to work for the company. This will help you determine if you have researched the company and what motivates your. It also helps you to understand your values. For this question, you will need to research the company, including their website, company pages, and news stories. You should identify key points from your research that are in alignment with the company. You might find yourself inspired by their mission or interested in their product.

Example answer: After building my career as a manager of hospitality staff, it was my ultimate goal to work in a hotel that values their employees' growth and achievements, but also offers exemplary, affordable service for their guests. I was impressed by your press release regarding the implementation of a truly innovative reward program for all guests, including those who are visiting for the first-time. Your company is a leader in quality service and experiences, and I'm looking for a career that will help me achieve this goal.


What are you looking for in a job?

This question might be asked by employers during a phone interview to determine if you have any concerns about your employment situation. Simply explain why you are interested in a new job if you are currently employed. Your answer should be focused on your career and not personal preferences or small details like commute time or hours. You might want to change jobs, for example, because you don't have the opportunity for advancement or mobility in your current job.

Explain why you were let go by your employer. It is important to address how you have used your time to learn and improve your work style.

Example answer: "I am looking for project coordinator opportunities to begin my career." As an executive assistant, I have a lot of experience managing and organizing schedules. Now, I'm ready for the next stage in my career. Because I have worked in retail in my previous administrative positions, I feel particularly qualified for this position. I am eager to begin my career in project coordination and would love to work with your company.


What is your passion?

Employers might find it helpful to understand what motivates and what interests you. You might not be a good match for the job if you are passionate about helping others and you are applying for a role that is largely autonomous with little interaction with other people. This question can be answered by identifying broad motivations, both at work and outside of it. Think about how your passions could align with the job.

Example answer: "I am driven every day by my ability to create beautiful and innovative experiences for users around the world. The internet is full of valuable, useful digital information. It's easy to use and design makes me feel that I am helping people reach their full potential.


What salary expectations do you have?

This question might be asked by recruiters early on in the hiring process. For example, during a phone interview to determine if your salary expectations match what the company has budgeted for the job. This can help recruiters determine if you are qualified for the job. It is best to give a range of numbers to answer this question. This will show flexibility, but also indicate that you expect to make a certain income.

The recruiter will most likely want to start you with the lowest number possible. After you have been offered a job, negotiation of your salary is a normal part. They will likely inform you if this job is suitable for you based on the range they give you.

Example Answer: "For this job, my ideal salary would be between $55,000 and $65,000." This amount is appropriate for my experience in this job.

Test or scenario question.

You might be asked to answer a question or perform a test during a telephone interview. You might be asked to answer a simple question or respond to a scenario. It is okay to take a moment to reflect on your answer, even though it may feel awkward.

You can then calmly think about the steps you would take in order to answer their questions. Do not take more than 30 seconds to answer. To better understand their needs, you can ask clarifying questions. Make sure to address every part of the question by writing it down.

Example: An employer asks you to suggest ideas for marketing local events on a limited budget. They also want to know which companies could be partnered with. You might explain to them that grassroots marketing can be both cost-effective and affordable for local events. You might invest in a strategy-based word of mouth campaign and a bold, teaser-style Social Media campaign. To help spread the word, you can give examples of local companies that have the same mission or are in the same industry.


Are you interested in interviewing for other companies?

In a telephone interview, you might be asked to describe where you stand in the hiring process. This information can help recruiters understand how fast they should move you along the hiring process. For example, if you are currently interviewing for another position, you may be more at-risk than candidates who are just in the search phase. Be honest with yourself about your situation, but don't go into too much detail.

Example answer: "While this job is better suited for my needs, I am currently in talks with three other employers."


Where can you begin?

Employers may want to know when you are available to start in a new position. Employers might need the job filled quickly so they can look for other candidates. Before you interview, take time to think about the earliest date that you can start. To ensure you are able to leave your current job within the two-week timeframe, review the terms of the position. Unemployed people will be able respond with "as quickly as possible"

Example: I accept an offer and can start two weeks later so that my current job is filled.


Please tell me more about...

To get more information about your experience, recruiters and hiring managers might ask you to include a particular item in your resume. They might ask for more details about your accomplishments or responsibilities at your previous job. Before you call, make sure to review your resume carefully. It might help to have a paper or digital copy of your resume to refer to later. Notes can be added to your resume to highlight any education, skills or experiences that are unique to the job.

Example answer: "Thanks so much for asking about my time with Crane & Jenkins. For five years, I worked for Crane & Jenkins where I managed five IT professionals who maintained, fixed and improved our company's systems. I created network troubleshooting techniques that were less costly and reduced downtime. I also worked closely with departmental managers in order to determine the network's growth and maintenance needs. My time innovating would be especially useful as you search for candidates who have experience speeding up processes.


Which management style would you prefer?

To determine if you are a good fit for the manager who will be overseeing you, employers may ask you about your preferred management style. You might prefer to work with a trusted, collaborative manager who creates a calm, creative environment.

Example answer: "I'm flexible when working with different personalities, but I have found that the type of management I thrive under is both trusting & involved. Although I don't enjoy being micromanaged, I really do value the one-on-one quality time I get to discuss my projects and what I can do to improve my job.


Have any questions?

When given the chance, it is crucial that you ask at most a few thoughtful questions of your interviewer by phone. This will show that you are interested, engaged, and listening to the interviewer.

It is easy to learn about the company's past, mission, and values by researching it. The company website is a great place to begin. For the most recent news articles, you can search the internet. You can use the information you find in order to shape your questions. Because it shows that you spent the time researching the industry and the company, your initiative will be appreciated.


These are some examples of questions that you might want to ask:

What is a typical day like for someone in this position?

What has happened to this role?

What growth is the company expecting to experience in the next five-years?

Are there any questions about my skills or experience?

I am grateful that you explained the role so clearly to me. What are the next steps?




15 Questions For Phone Interviews With Example Answers – Unified Career
Yves Lafleur Jr

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