Phone interviews are becoming more and more the best way to interview potential employees, but asking questions via a phone interview can be hard as one can’t rely on body language and careful attention is required as phone calls can lower the sound quality of the interviewer. Below are 20 questions to ask in a phone interview and tips from the point of view of the interviewee for a good response to the questions.
Here are some of the questions that you should ask during a phone interview and a good response to the question:
1. Tell me about yourself.
This is a popular question especially between two strangers; it helps to break the ice and start the conversation so you as the interviewee are supposed to talk about everything about that you are comfortable with. This question helps to set the tone of the whole interview. You should tell the interviewer about things that might help increase the chances of getting the job without divulging too much detail.
2. Are you currently employed?
This question will always be asked, and you should answer it direct to the point. Tell the interviewer about your current job if you are still employed. Avoid negative remarks about your current job if you have one.
3. Why do you want to join us and leave your current employer?
Of course, the interviewer will be curious about this so answer the question openly and honestly. Tell them about what you are looking for and why you decided their company.
4. If you are currently not employed, where were you currently working and why are you not working there anymore?
Answer this question as honest as you can as you wrote on your resume. Do not give too much detail about your last employment, just give the basic information that the interviewer wants to know.
5. For how long have you been working for your current employer or for how long have you been working since you first got employed?
The interviewer will ask you this question so that he or she can be able to determine your past experiences. Again, answer the question honestly. Do not give false answers as this might later come to bite you on the back.
6. What can your current or previous employer say about you?
This is where the interviewer wants to know about your relationship with your seniors. Say something positive without sounding like you are bragging.
7. What would your previous co-workers say about you?
This is a similar question to question 6 but it now focuses on how you interact with other employees. Similarly, answer it positively and without bragging. Simply say something like ‘Most of my co-workers say that I’m easy to work with.’
8. Have you applied at other places?
For any person, when applying for a job, he or she will apply in many different places to increase their chances of getting a job. Therefore you should tell them the truth so that they can also see that you are in demand.
9. How do you work when working with a team?
Here, you should answer that you are a team player who works well with others. Otherwise, you will risk minimizing your chances of impressing the interviewer.
10. What is the most important thing you look for when looking for employment?
This question is asked so that the company can determine whether they have whatever it is that you are looking for. Most people put money as the first priority but make sure you do not give this as the answer. Say something positive and challenging that the interviewer will find unique but not something that is too complex.
11. Did you get any promotion or a raise in the previous job?
It is always good to discuss your promotions and any raises you have received if you have received any. This will show the interviewer that you are a hardworking person who gets rewarded for your efforts. If you have not received any promotions say why, for example, there were no job openings or that you were only at the company for a year.
12. How did find out about our company?
Whether you saw an advert in the newspaper or heard from a friend, tell them as it is. This question is used by the company to know about their company’s reputation outside the company so they will appreciate if you inform them.
13. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Here, you should tell them about all the areas that you are good at. Talk about your skills in different fields but don’t brag. Also, don’t be shy to talk about your weaknesses but state how you are actively working on them as this will help the company to understand you better.
14. How do you work under pressure?
It is a good thing for the employer to know that you are a person who can diffuse pressure while working in demanding environments so, you should give a logical explanation on this.
15. What kind of people can’t you work with?
This question is asked to help the employer know how to group you if you get the job, therefore, you should be open and tell them about who you can and cannot work with.
16. What can you do for us?
Many companies will in most cases ask this, and you should come up with a creative answer that will impress the employer.
17. Why should we employ you?
Answer this question in a manner that will make you stand out from the rest. This will increase your chances of getting the job. Explain why you can be the best choice and what makes you different from the other applicants.
18. What expectations do you expect regarding the salary?
This is where you should be extra careful as this is usually a tricky question that most people get wrong. You can ask about the range that they are willing to pay you. You can choose to avoid the question and say that money is not your main motivator and that you can discuss that later.
19. When can you start working if you get the job?
This is usually an indicator of good things to come. So, if you are asked this question, you should say that you will start anytime they want. Be sure of what you are saying to avoid inconveniences that may lead to loss of the job once you are invited to join.
20. Do you have any questions for us?
This is where you get the chance to ask anything that you aren’t certain of. Feel free to ask anything that will not be offensive and that makes sense. Always ask a question however obvious it may seem to you as this shows you have taken an interest.
Phone interviews are often very informal and conducting a successful phone interview is almost as hard a answering one, hopefully our questions and tips on how to answer them have helped you out.