Phone interviews are a big, big deal--companies use them to screen job candidates and weed them out before they get down to the more serious business of face-to-face interviews. Before you get on any phone interview, you need to know what phone interview questions you'll probably be asked--so you pass their screen test and get invited to interview in person. Here are some common phone interview questions:
Tell me about yourself. Don't fall into the trap of thinking it's a social question to break the ice. It isn't. All your answers should relate to the job.
I got this great comment from a CFO / Controller that I want to share with everyone looking for new roles in Accounting or Finance fields:
Having been in the Accounting field for over 20 years and received many job offers in the past, I realized that the job market now has changed and I was getting conflicting advice from everyone. The only person to make sense is Peggy, as I realized how much marketing and sales is required these days and Peggy's system makes all the sense in the world. It is unique and it is a game changer. I am truly excited to get started her on her program and know that it will lead to great results. - Mario Reyes
I always recommend that everyone needs a mentor (or several) for many reasons, but the main one is that because we can learn from their experiences. Mario's 20 years in accounting is something we can learn from. So what I think that you should take from this (not just if you are in accounting or finance) is that to get a job these days, even if you have been successful at getting hired before, you need to use concepts and techniques from sales and marketing to be your most successful. But don't let that scare you. Anyone can learn how to do this.
It happens to everybody: You make a mistake about something during your important interview. It my the way you dressed for the occasion and you went too formal or too casual. It might be addressing your interviewer by the wrong name. There are lots of ways a candidate can make a mistake, and it’s true that a mistake can possibly cost you the job. It’s also true that the way you respond to your own mistakes can be what makes the interview successful and gets you the job.
Mistakes Can Be Opportunities
Everyone makes mistakes, but those who are confident enough to admit their mistake and correct it appropriately are valuable in any workplace. If you walk into the interview without having done anything to hone your interview skills or research the company, then your mistakes will be more like learning opportunities and use the interview as a reminder to be prepared next time. But a mistake by an otherwise qualified candidate is an excellent opportunity to display how you will be on the job. Read more...
Online interviews are peculiar beasts. They're a strange quirk of the modern world, but increasingly people find them becoming a part of their job search. Usually employers use Skype, although they might occasionally use different software. There are lots of things you have to consider with an online interview that you don't have to think about when you meet someone in person. Even once you're past all the technical hurdles, there are ways that you need to adjust your interview technique to come across better over a webcam. Some people prefer video interviews while others would like to avoid them altogether. But whether you love them or hate them, they could be on the increase. You'll probably end up doing one eventually, so why not prepare yourself ahead of time? Frank Mixson
Here is a great example of how to stand out from a pile of candidates to get the job:
Thank you for your support and offering all the tools you do to help others find a career. I was on one of your webinars and invested in your 30/60/90 plan program...The 30/60/90 plan and the extensive information and advice you offer on interviewing, networking and negotiating were all instrumental in me being offered this position.
Your advice to be 'bold' helped me turn around an interview with the hiring manager that would have otherwise had me passed over and would have kept me searching. The 30/60/90 plan...was well received, as it was a tool the hiring manager said he has used with his teams in previous positions. It helped me stand out and show excitement and preparedness to want to join their team.
Your networking suggestions and information helped me learn more about the kinds of efforts to take in connecting with others to find positions. In fact, this position was found through a message posted on LinkedIn by a recruiter. This was even an IT recruiter who helped me in a sales role. I connected with another person who knew a senior person at the hiring company and gave me a recommendation. That too, helped me stand out in a pile of candidates.
Bottom line, treat your career search like a career that is 100% commission and look for valued-added ways to stand out and promote your value and how it will make a difference to that company.
Peggy, Thank you! I wish you and your team the best of success and will surely recommend you and your programs to others.
Here's what I want you to take from this for your job search and interviews:
1. J.H. used networking (in this case, on LinkedIn) to get a foot in the door of this company. The person he connected with wasn't someone he'd known already--it was someone he reached out to. This person's recommendation helped him stand out and get the interview.
2. The recommendation alone wasn't enough--he needed to bring MORE to the interview than other candidates, which is why he needed a 30-60-90-Day Plan. I would never, ever go to an interview without a 30-60-90-day plan because it does so many amazing things for you in the interview. The training video I include with my 30-60-90-Day Plan also shows you how to uncover a hiring manager's objections while you're there to answer them and turn around an interview that isn't going so well.
3. I love his bottom line: "treat your career search like a career that is 100% commission and look for value-added ways to stand out and promote your value and how it will make a difference to that company." Every time you 'sell' yourself for the job, it's about knowing what pain that employer is experiencing by not having that job done and showing them how YOU can relieve that pain. And...what do you have or do that may be an additional bonus to that employer? How can you meet and exceed their expectations?
I hope you'll join me in congratulating J.H. on a job well done.
Asking questions in the interview demonstrates your intelligence, drive, enthusiasm, and preparation for the job. It turns the interview into a conversation between professionals, putting you in a better psychological position in the interview. It also helps you decide if you really want to work there, in that environment, with that boss. All in all, having questions of your own to ask in the interview is a great thing.
However, the ultimate success of your interview can depend on you asking just the right question in the beginning of your conversation. So, what's the one question that can make or break your interview? It's this:
To shine in your next interview, you need to know what questions you'll likely be asked and have already thought of and practiced a great answer. Having a bank of interview questions and answers ready to go will reduce your interview nerves and make you more confident. That confidence will show and it will help 'sell' you for the job.
To help you, I put together 2 ebooks with 202 of the most common and the toughest interview questions you'll be asked. With each question, I tell you why interviewers ask it and what they're looking for most in your answer, along with important words and phrases you should use. This makes it easy for you to come up with personalized answers that make interviewers love you.
Get these ebooks or audible edition at Amazon.com:
If I absolutely HAD to boil down to the bare essentials the best job search advice for anyone, it would be this:
Be a Squeaky Wheel
Why be a squeaky wheel? Have you ever heard, "The squeaky wheel gets the grease"? It means that if the wheel on your car or your bike or your shopping cart is rolling along making no noise, drawing no attention to itself, you won't think about it at all. If, however, there's a wheel that squeaks every time it rolls around, you'll pay attention to it. If you're handy, you'll give it some grease to smooth its circular path.
How does this apply to your job search? A squeaky wheel is noticed. It draws attention. It causes action. It causes a response. A silent wheel won't ever draw any attention to itself at all.
A 30 60 90 Day Plan is a key interview tool that will make you stand out and get the job offer. A 90 Day Plan shows the employer your drive, knowledge, and fit for the job. It even helps you answer interview questions better than ever before.
To create a 90-Day Plan for your next interview, take a look at these articles:
There was a very interesting study done at the University of British Columbia where narcissistic behavior was studied in context of job interviews. According to UBC Psychology Prof. Del Paulhus,
“A job interview is one of the few social situations where narcissistic behaviours such as boasting actually create a positive impression. Normally, people are put off by such behaviour, especially over repeated exposure.”
The study was conducted by having participants answer questions to rate their narcissism, then be observed in a job interview scenario. Those who fell higher on the narcissism scale made more eye contact, asked questions, talked about themselves, and joked around a bit. This made them more attractive as candidates despite the reality of what they’d be like as coworkers.
What This Book Will Do For You:
• Give You Exceptional Answers to Common Phone Interview Questions
• Warn You about Phone Interview Mistakes That Get You Screened Out
• Help You Be Confident, Relax and Make a Fantastic First Impression
• Give You Powerful ‘How To’ Tips for a Perfect Phone Interview
• Get You Invited To Interview Face-To-Face
What Kinds Of Tips Are In This Book?
- Typical Phone Interview Questions (and Stand-Out Answers)
- Tips to ‘Cheat’ in a Phone Interview To Give Yourself an Unfair Advantage
- How To Research the Company and the Interviewer Before the Call
- What NEVER To Say In a Phone Interview
- The ONE Question You Should Ask In EVERY Phone Interview
- How to Help them Qualify You for the Face-to-Face Interview
- How to Follow Up AFTER the Interview
- How to Plan, Prepare, and Execute a Perfect Phone Interview
This book is for YOU if you want to slam-dunk every phone interview and get invited to the face-to-face.
You will discover my best phone interview tips from 14 years of interviewing thousands of candidates (as a hiring manager and recruiter). Find out what hiring managers are really thinking about you.