INTERVIEWS / JUL. 09, 2013
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5 Phone Interview Questions and How to Ace Them

Telephone interviews can take a toll on you, especially if you are a person who gets stressed out easily or has difficulty coping under pressure. The best way to deal with your telephone interview is to prepare yourself as much as possible. This not only helps boost your confidence, but it ensures that you don’t get flustered or stuck during the phone call.

Here are 7 interview questions you should prepare in advance in order to dazzle the interviewer with your personality and skills:

1. Tell me more about yourself

While this really isn’t a question but more of a straight out command, it is important that you address it with confidence. Many interviewers start with this question to make you feel at ease, rather than make you more tense - however it is not an opportunity to name your cats and tell them how many cousins you have. This is your chance to sell yourself, so mention where you received your qualifications, some career highlights and try to relate your experiences to the job description.

2. Why did you apply for this position?

This question is designed to get you talking about you career goals and ambition. Take this opportunity to show your enthusiasm and interest in the specific job role, paying special attention to how exactly your experience fits in with the job requirements.

3. Tell me about your current company and why you want to leave

The best way to answer this question is to be honest - but not outright slate your company. Interviewers want to know you have integrity, so no matter how much you want to badmouth you employer - don’t! Instead talk about the business you are in and what your company does.

The reason for leaving your current job should be explained properly, rather than making a statement such as “I want a better company culture”.  You should explain what exactly you are seeking, and how you would like to experience a better working environment to be productive and efficient. It is about personal growth - so make sure you don’t go off a tangent and rant about your current job and employer.

4. You mentioned XYZ in your resume, how did you achieve this?

Many interviewers design a question that is specifically aimed at an achievement mentioned in your CV. You should take your time and think about how to answer this, because rambling will only cause confusion. Try to organize your thoughts so that you don’t appear flustered or taken aback by the question, approaching it with professionalism.

5. What are your greatest strength and your greatest weakness?

No one likes to air their dirty laundry in front of a potential employer, but the reason that this question is asked is to get an overview of your abilities and how you can improve. Name a strength that is relevant to the job you are applying for, and make sure that you emphasize how you have developed this skill. As for the weakness, you have to talk about a quality that actually is a weakness - not dress up a strength in weakness clothes. For example: I love to help my colleagues and brainstorm with them for ideas, however this makes me spend more hours at work in order to complete my duties. 

 

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