Phone Interview Questions and the Best Answers

The Best Answers for Phone Interview Questions

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Phone interviews are conducted just like in-person interviews. They are used by hiring managers and recruiters as a tool for screening candidates for employment.

That said, phone interviews come with their own special challenges. For one thing, a phone interview is likely the first time you speak with a representative from the employer. Unlike emailing back and forth, a phone interview offers no chance to re-read and re-formulate your thoughts.

As the old commercial goes, you never have a second chance to make a first impression.

Another issue with phone interviews is that you can’t rely on body language. (Unless, of course, your phone interview is actually a video interview. Tips on that situation, here.)

The best approach is come to the conversation prepared to answer any and all questions the hiring manager might ask. Review these questions and answers, and you’ll have a head start.  

Phone Interview Questions With Examples of the Best Answers

It's important to take time to review the typical phone interview questions you'll be asked and to prepare answers. In addition, plan on being prepared for a phone conversation about your background and skills.

Phone Interview Questions About Your Background

  • Name of company, job title and job description, dates of employment. - Best Answers
  • What were your starting and final levels of compensation? - Best Answers

Phone Interview Questions About the New Job and the Company

Phone Interview Questions About You

Phone Interview Questions to Ask
When you are invited for a phone interview, in addition to reviewing the typical phone interview questions you'll be asked, it's important to have a list of questions ready to ask the interviewer.

More Interview Questions to Ask
The last interview question you may be asked is "What can I answer for you?" Have an interview question or two of your own ready to ask. You aren't simply trying to get this job - you are also interviewing the employer to assess whether this company and the position are a good fit for you.

Phone Interview Etiquette
Phone interview etiquette is just as important as in-person job interview etiquette when it comes to getting hired. That's because, regardless of how you interview, a successful interview will get you to the next stage of the hiring process.

Tough Interview Questions
These are some of the more difficult interview questions that you may be asked on a job interview.

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