Phone interview questions and answers can be terrifying. They’re often the first interaction you have with an employer, and yet they catch most people off-guard.
If you can get through the phone interview, you’ll stand out. It’s for that reason we’re presenting these top phone competency based interview questions.
Q: Tell me about yourself.
A: I have a lot of work experience that’s relevant to this job. As well, my hobbies align with this career in some interesting ways.
The interviewer is asking this only in relation to the job at hand. When they ask you to describe yourself, don’t give them your life story.
Q: What is your impression of the company?
A: I’m very impressed by what I’ve seen. I went on your website and gathered as much information as I could.
The employer wants to make sure you can take initiative and that you know what you’re getting yourself into.
Q: Do you have any questions you’d like me to answer?
A: What does the typical work week look like?
A: Is this a new position? If not, what is my predecessor currently doing?
This question is somewhat similar to the previous one, with this one being asked at the end of the interview.
Q: What is your greatest strength?
A: I’m a good listener who understands that my job performance impacts my peers.
There are a lot of things an interviewer might be looking for with this question, but it’s safe to emphasize that you follow directions and that you’re a team player.
Q: What is your greatest weakness?
A: Sometimes I can be a perfectionist. Recently, I’ve been doing my best to accept that not everything can be perfect.
The interviewer wants you to give an honest answer. You want to show that you’re working towards solving the problem.
Q: How much are you currently making?
A: $48,000 a year.
The interviewer will use this question to determine if you’re priced too high for them. Or, alternatively, they’ll wonder why you sell your services so cheaply.
Q: How much are you looking for?
A: I’d have to talk with you more to make sure I fully understood your needs and my responsibilities, but I think I’m looking for something in the same range as what I already make.
This is like the previous question, but with a bit more wiggle room. They want to know what your expectation are.
Q: Why are you leaving your current job?
A: I love where I worked, but there isn’t much room for growth. It’s just time to move on.
The employer is looking to see how you felt about your last job, since that’s a decent indicator of how you might feel at job they’re potentially hiring you for.
Q: Would you consider yourself overqualified for this position?
A: I mean no disrespect, but I don’t think it’s possible to be overqualified. I’m fully qualified, that’s all.
If you have an impressive resume, the interviewer may try and see if you’re going to take a haughty attitude towards the position.
Q: When can you start?
A: Within the next two weeks.
The interviewer is making sure you’re serious about the position: that you’re ready to commit to the company.
Those are our tips on how to answer phone interview questions. With this in mind, you’re sure to get a face-to-face interview, because you prepared.
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