Employers like to start a selection process with a short phone call. Recruiters simply make an unexpected call and ask you several simple questions, following the template. Phone interview is always perfectly planned in advance and all the candidates are asked the very same questions.
They conduct phone interview to understand if it makes sense to proceed with your job application, or not. Every one can be a hero on his resume and cover letter, describing himself in a great shape. We can even pay someone to compose our resume. It’s nothing uncommon nowadays, is it? However, we can hardly fool anyone on the phone. That is the key reason why companies incorporated this short interview in their recruitment.
In other article, we provided you with a bunch of unique phone interview tips. You should definitely check it out too! But now, let us list the most common phone interview questions.
List of typical questions for phone interview
Why did you apply for this job?
Recruiters try to understand your level of interest and motivation for the particular role. If you answered: “Well, I applied for many jobs, can you please tell me once again what company are you calling from?”, you would surely be screened out straight away.
It is advisable to say that you read the job description carefully and believe to bring some added value to the company, as your abilities and experience fit the job. Or, you can possibly mention that you like the company (brand preference) and would like to work there, because of the culture and environment. Both answers are good!
Why are you thinking about leaving your present job, or why did you leave the last one?
Recruiters have your resume in front of them when talking to you. They know exactly if you are employed or unemployed and want to know a reason.
Some good answers are that you find your current role not challenging enough, or that you believe your skills can be utilized better in other company. It is important to be accurate and confirm the information on your resume. Best thing you can do is to mention this information on your resume directly. You can simply add to every role one extra line of text, describing your reasons for leaving. It will help you to avoid this question in the interviews.
Why should we invite you for a face to face interview?
As was said before, they try to figure out if it is worth to proceed with your application.
You should answer that you really believe you can contribute something to their success and that your personal abilities and values match the role perfectly. To ease the situation a bit, you can couple your answer with the statement that the only way to verify your skills and statements is to see you in person. Why should we hire you question article provides a deep insight on this question.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Employers try to figure out whether they can count with you in the long run, or not.
Basically, answering anything that is not in contradiction with this possibility of long run co-operation would be fine.
For example, you can say that you would like to have a good steady job in which you feel happy. And of course, do not forget to add that the role you are just applying for seems like such a position. Generally in the phone interview, you should show enthusiasm for the role. Interviewers should have the feeling that this job matters for you a lot. Please, keep it on your mind.
Tell us briefly something about your working experience
This question is more difficult as it seems. First of all, recruiters test how carefully you listen and if you speak to the point. They ask to briefly mention your experience, so you should not speak about it for ten minutes… Secondly, they test what matters for you.
The best way to answer this question is to mention the role that is most similar to the one you are applying for. Mention some achievements and tough lessons and how it helped you to become better worker. It is simply another opportunity to present yourself like a good candidate for the job. Take this opportunity and secure your invitation for an interview.
If we invited you for a face to face interview, would you be able to come tomorrow?
This question tests your real motivation to get the job. It is not tough to guess what to answer, is it? In case that you really like the role and are highly motivated, you will always manage to organize things to be able to come on the next day. .
In order to look like a responsible employee, you can use this formulation:
“Well, I have a very busy schedule tomorrow, but if you invited me, I would arrange it and come”.
On the other hand if you can not make it, don’t lie. Tell them how much you appreciate the chance and ask for another date. Serious company should understand it and offer you another option.
These were the most typical phone interview questions. On the top of that, recruiters may verify few skills on the phone (if possible). They may test your foreign language skills (if needed for the job) or give you one or two specialized, job related questions, just to ensure that you know what you are talking about.
But in general, phone interview is a short one. The primary intention is simply to understand your level of motivation for the job, your intelligence and soft skills, and to understand your personality. If you want to prepare perfectly for it, as well as for upcoming face to face interview, please have a look at this eBook. It teaches you everything you need to know to succeed on the job market. Thank you!