Although phone interviews seem informal, you must treat it with utmost importance to get selected for the next round of interview.
Common Phone Interview Questions :
Here are some of the common questions that can be asked during phone interviews.
This is the time you have to give a very short introduction about yourself. Speak about your educational background, qualifications and job experiences. A small 2 minutes talk about you suffices.
List out your goals in life and how you plan to achieve them. Make sure your ambitions relate to the current job profile. You can very well be expected to justify your response.
Make sure you have substantial information about the company you have applied to. You must be able to narrate the company's activities, like the main product or service that they offer, their employee strength, any recent happenings etc. Thus, you should do your research and gain overall knowledge about the company.
Have your reasons ready for why you want to work in the company. Avoid mentioning the monetary or the medical benefits as your prime reasons. It is understood that such reasons do form a part of your decision, but it is best left unsaid. Instead, tell the interviewers how well you suit to the job profile.
Criticizing anything about your previous company will show you in a bad light. Hence, avoid negative comments about your previous employer. Try to disguise your reasons in a positive way.Similarly, if you are currently unemployed, admit it. Given the dynamic economic conditions, your unemployed status will not be looked down upon. You may be asked the reasons for unemployment. State your reasons with an optimistic note.
Speak about the responsibilities that you have had to handle. Give specific examples to illustrate your statements. The interviewer will usually have a copy of your resume. Thus, avoid repeating your resume.
Clarify all your doubts with the interviewer at this stage. You can ask them to give you more information about the job. You can also ask them about the next steps and how and when they can notify you their decision.
Under any circumstance, avoid discussing about the pay package or the perquisites offered by the company. These matters are usually discussed in the selection interviews.
Phone interviewing is an initial stage in the interview procedure. A typical phone interview will include these questions.