Great tips for a Telephone interview!

Telephone interview

What is a telephone interview?

A typical telephone interview could be from 15 minutes to an hour, the length of the phone call can vary depending on the conversation.

The telephone interview could be held by HR or the line manager of the role you have applied for.

A telephone interview gives a potential employer an impression of the individual. The telephone interview will have questions that are based around yourself and anything you may know about the company you are interviewing for.

The questions they may ask will be based around your CV, they ask questions around your CV so they know you have a solid background and know your experience (best to have a copy of your CV in front of you) a company will ask you questions about your CV over the phone to make sure you know you knowledge about your experience before a face to face interview.

Good things to remember:

  • Good tone of pitch
  • Good communication
  • Formal conversation
  • Answer the phone with a polite first sentence
  • Dress smart, so it makes you feel more confident in yourself, also if they ask to change from telephone to video call you will be dressed appropriately

If they get to the competency based questions, try to use the STAR technique.

STAR technique

  • Situation – start by outlining the situation you were in
  • Task – Talk about the task at hand, what was required of you?
  • Action – What did you do? What actions did you take and why?
  • Result – Summarise the results of your actions

Here are some typical questions you may be asked when in a telephone interview:

Typical questions:

  1. Tell me about yourself and your experience?
  2. Why do you want to work in this industry?
  3. Why do you want this role?
  4. Why do you want to work for this particular company?
  5. What is your greatest achievement?
  6. What does teamwork mean to you?
  7. Give me an example of a time you have had to take charge of a team?

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