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Fantastic Phone Interview Tips You’ve Never Thought Of

Phone-Woman4If you got the phone interview, you are just a few minutes away from getting the face-to-face interview--IF you handle those few minutes well.  Think about your phone interview in a fresh way and stand out from everyone else they talk to and get your face-to-face interview!

No matter what job you do--technical, administrative, education, operations, manufacturing, data-based, marketing, or sales--the process of getting the job is basically a sales process.  You are the 'product' that's for sale, or hire; the hiring manager, or interviewer, is the 'customer'.  In this analogy,  you are also the sales rep, because you are convincing that hiring manager, or employer, to buy your product (hire you for the job).

If your job search is like a sales process, interviews are like sales calls.  If you look at what successful sales reps do to sell their products, and apply at least some of those principles to your job search and interviews, you will be successful in 'selling' yourself for the job.

Here is a great article to help you from Mark Hunter, The Sales Hunter.  Mark gives you outstanding phone sales tips to use when contacting customers that work very well for also speaking with hiring managers (or Human Resources) in your phone interviews.

I have posted the article in its entirety, but I have italicized the tips that will be most useful and effective for you:

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10 Phone Interview Questions You Will Be Asked

phone interview (2)Be prepared for your phone interview and get invited to the face-to-face!

Here are phone interview questions you'll likely be asked, along with the best phone interview answers:

  • 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.
  • Walk me through your resume.  Hit the highlights...education, jobs that contributed to your fit for this one that you're interviewing for.
  • Why are you interested in this job? Relate it to your skills and what you can do for them:  "It's a perfect fit because of X, Y, and Z."

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TEST – SDM on How to Answer Interview Questions Series

How To Answer Interview Questions Series

Table of Contents

[DDET Interview Questions 1- 10]
  1. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q1 -- Are you overqualified for this job?

  2. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q2 -- Are you willing to relocate?

  3. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q3 -- Describe a time when your work was criticized and how you handled it.

  4. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q4 -- Describe a time when your workload was heavy and how you handled it.

  5. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q5 -- Describe how you would handle a situation if you were required to finish multiple tasks by the end of the day, and there was no conceivable way that you could finish them.

  6. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q6 -- Describe your work style.

  7. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q7 -- Describe yourself to me in one word.

  8. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q8 -- Do you prefer working in a team or alone?

  9. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q9 -- Give me a specific example of a time when you had to conform to a policy with which you did not agree.

  10. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q10 -- Give me an example of a time that you felt you went above and beyond the call of duty at work.

[/DDET][DDET Interview Questions 11- 20 ]
  1. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q11 -- Have you ever been on a team where someone was not pulling their own weight? How did you handle it?

  2. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q12 -- Have you ever had difficulty working with a supervisor/manager?

  3. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q13 -- How can you apply your specific skills to help the organization achieve sustainable growth and generate revenues?

  4. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q14 -- How to Answer Interview Questions - Q2 -- How did you deal with the situation the last time your boss chastised you or strongly or disagreed with a statement, a plan or a decision you made?

  5. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q15 -- How do I know that you still have the “fire in the belly” to do this job?

  6. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q16 -- How do you deal with difficult customers?

  7. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q17 -- How do you deal with stressful situations?

  8. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q18 -- How do you evaluate success?

  9. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q19 -- How do you handle stress and pressure?

  10. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q20 -- How do you rate yourself as a professional?

[/DDET] [DDET Interview Questions 21- 30 ]
  1. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q21 -- How does this position fit in with the career path you envision for yourself?

  2. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q22 -- How have you responded to a colleague who is putting you down at work?

  3. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q23 -- How long will it take for you to make a significant contribution?

  4. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q24 -- How long would you plan to stay with us?

  5. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q25 -- How much did / do you make?

  6. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q26 -- How was your working relationship with your previous supervisor?

  7. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q27 -- How would you feel about working for someone who knows less than you?

  8. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q28 -- How would you go about establishing your credibility quickly with the team?

  9. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q29 -- I noticed that you are applying for a position that is not as senior as you past positions. Why would you consider a job that is, in effect, a demotion for you?

  10. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q30 -- If we hire you, what will we know about you a year down the road?

[/DDET] [DDET Interview Questions 31- 40 ]
  1. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q31 -- If you could be any animal which one would you be and why?

  2. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q32 -- If you could relive the last 10 years of your life, what would you do differently?

  3. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q33 -- If you had to choose one, would you consider yourself a big-picture person or a detail-oriented person?

  4. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q34 -- If you were a tree, what kind of a tree would you be?

  5. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q35 -- Is there anything I haven’t told you about the company that you would like to know?

  6. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q36 -- Situational Response Question:  An airplane landed in the parking lot. What would you do?

  7. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q37 -- Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss about a way that something should be done. How did you handle that?

  8. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q38 -- Tell me about a time when you faced a difficult situation with a co-worker.

  9. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q39 -- Tell me about a time when you failed.

  10. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q40 -- Tell me about a time when you had to give someone difficult feedback. How did you handle it?

[/DDET] [DDET Interview Questions 41- 50 ]
  1. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q41 -- Tell me about yourself.

  2. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q42 -- Tell me your life story (more of your personal history).

  3. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q43 -- Tell us about a failed project.

  4. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q44 -- Tell us about a time that you went against corporate directives. Why? How did it turn out?

  5. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q45 -- There's no right or wrong answer, but if you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?

  6. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q46 -- We are looking for someone with experience…or, You don’t have enough experience—why should we hire you?

  7. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q47 -- What are some of your greatest and/or proudest accomplishments?

  8. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q48 -- What are your advantages and DISADVANTAGES?

  9. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q49 -- What are your hobbies?

  10. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q50 -- What are your least favorite things to do in your role as a XXXX?

[/DDET] [DDET Interview Questions 51- 60 ]
  1. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q51 -- What are your pet peeves?

  2. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q52 -- What are your salary expectations?

  3. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q53 -- What are your workplace values?

  4. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q54 -- What did you earn at your last job?

  5. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q55 -- What did you like or dislike about your previous jobs? 

  6. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q56 -- What do people most often criticize about you?

  7. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q57 -- What do you consider your most significant accomplishment?

  8. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q58 -- What do you expect from a supervisor?

  9. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q59 -- What do you know about this company?

  10. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q60 -- What do you wish you’d done better?

[/DDET] [DDET Interview Questions 61- 70 ]
  1. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q61 -- What excites you and scares you about this position?

  2. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q62 -- What have you been doing since you got laid off?

  3. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q63 -- What have you learned from your mistakes?

  4. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q64 -- What is good customer service?

  5. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q65 -- What is your greatest weakness?

  6. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q66 -- What is your ideal job?

  7. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q67 -- What is your least favorite managerial task?

  8. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q68 -- What kind of money would you be interested in making?

  9. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q69 -- What makes you unique? 

  10. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q70 -- What motivates you?

[/DDET] [DDET Interview Questions 71- 80 ]
  1. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q71 -- What questions do you have for us?

  2. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q72 -- What salary are you looking for?

  3. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q73 -- What type of work environment do you prefer?

  4. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q74 -- What was the last book you read?

  5. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q75 -- What was your least favorite part of your last job?

  6. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q76 -- What was your most difficult work experience and how did you deal with it?

  7. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q77 -- What were the major challenges of your last job and how did you handle them?

  8. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q78 -- What were your responsibilities in your last job?

  9. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q79 -- What will you contribute to this job?

  10. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q80 -- What will you do if you don’t get this position?

[/DDET] [DDET Interview Questions 81- 90 ]
  1. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q81 -- What would you do first at this job?

  2. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q82 -- What would your friends tell me about you?

  3. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q83 -- What would your line manager say was the area you needed most development in?

  4. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q84 -- What you can do to make this company better?

  5. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q85 -- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

  6. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q86 -- Who was your best boss and who was your worst?

  7. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q87 -- Why are you looking to leave your current job?

  8. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q88 -- Why did you freelance for so long?

  9. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q89 -- Why did you leave your last position?

  10. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q90 -- Why did you take a job that seems to be outside of your career path?

[/DDET] [DDET Interview Questions 91- 101 ]
  1. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q91 -- Why do you believe you are the best fit for this position?

  2. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q92 -- Why do you have a big gap in your employment history?

  3. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q93 -- Why do you think you can manage a team without any prior managerial experience?

  4. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q94 -- Why do you want to join this company?

  5. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q95 -- Why do you want to switch from an academic field to business/industry?

  6. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q96 -- Why do you want to work for someone else after owning your own business / freelancing?

  7. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q97 -- Why have you been out of work for so long?

  8. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q98 -- Why have you changed jobs so frequently over the past X years?

  9. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q99 -- Why haven't you been promoted?

  10. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q100 -- Why should we give you the job over the other candidates?  (Why should I hire you instead of someone else?)

  11. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q101 -- Why would you accept a lesser salary than what you made before?  (Won’t you jump ship when a better offer comes along?)

[/DDET]

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Think about job interviews. You’re so thrilled when you get the call. The interview prep work is exciting because you’re getting to know what you hope is your new company. You get your resume, your brag book, and your 30-60-90-day plan all lined out, and you choose what to wear. You map out the route and get there a healthy few minutes early. You greet your interviewer with a smile and a firm handshake, and then you start The Conversation.

Everything hinges on your job interview questions and answers.  Your answers are THE major deciding factor in whether or not you get asked back for a second interview or get the job offer. Not to worry…Career Confidential is here to help.

I am thrilled to announce that we are launching a new blog article series: How to Answer Interview Questions.

In fact, we are publishing 101 job interview questions and answers in a brand new, open-access series for you. These are typical but tough interview questions that most candidates are asked at some point in their interview process. We will tell you how to answer just about every interview question possible…from the most common standard interview questions to the weird, “personality” interview questions.

But we’re not just giving you the answer to parrot...I don't want you to sound like someone who Googled “how to answer interview questions.” (Although I will give you ideas.)

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I’m going to address one question per article and coach you through how to approach your answer strategically and construct the best answer possible FOR YOU.

I’ll tell you things like:

  • What hiring managers are REALLY asking with each question...
  • How to think strategically about your best answer.
  • What kinds of things you should always include in your answer.
  • Some sample job interview answers to get you started.

Without a doubt, this series is unlike anything you've ever seen before.  My entire 15+ years of experience in sales, management, recruiting, and career coaching is behind every answer.

By the time you absorb 101 questions and answers, you will:

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Phone Interview Tips Free Training Webinar

Have you ever bombed a phone interview? Are you afraid you might?

Or do you just think phone interviews are awkward and painful?

If you answered 'yes,' I have a solution for you.

What should happen (and what CAN happen) is that each one of your phone interviews should get you invited to interview in person.

If you want that to happen for you, then you need to come to my free training webinar, Phone Interviews: 25 'How To' Tips You Need Now.

In this webinar, I’m going to share with you my top 25 tips for a fantastic, stress-free phone interview. We’ll talk about how to get ready for it, what to say, how to answer their questions, and how to avoid some really big mistakes.

These tips are going to help you stand out from the other candidates and make sure your name gets to the short list.

I’m offering this training webinar free of charge.

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Phone Interviews – New eBook – Giveaway January 15th

Do you have a phone interview coming up? Let me help you ace it and get invited to the face-to-face.

Telephone Interview EbookI've just released my brand new ebook in Amazon's Kindle Store:

How to Ace Your Phone Interview:
Top 37 Tips for the Best Interview of Your Life

37 Top Tips for the Best Phone Interview of Your Life

Phone interviews are really phone ‘screens.’  Employers use them to weed out candidates and come up with a short list of people to interview face-to-face.  If you don’t get invited to interview, you got screened out of the job.

This book will keep you from getting screened out and consistently put you on the short list of candidates who get to interview in person.  You'll discover:

  • Exceptional Answers to Phone Interview Questions
  • Phone Interview Mistakes That Get You Screened Out
  • How To Be Confident & Make a Fantastic First Impression
  • Powerful ‘How To’ Tips for a Perfect Phone Interview
  • How To Get Invited To Interview Face-To-Face

> See Phone Interview eBook Description Here <

***To celebrate the launch of this ebook, I am giving it away AT NO COST January 15th ONLY.  Simply go to Amazon's Kindle Store and download it on the big day...don't forget, because on the 16th the price goes back to $2.99.

> Get How to Ace Your Phone Interview for Free <

 

** If you like this book, make sure you check out my other ebooks in Amazon's Kindle Store...

How to Answer Interview Questions                                                                                                                   How Do You Prepare for an Interview?

Interview Preparation Ebook on Amazon KindleHow to Answer Interview Questions eBook

 

Finding a Job Fast Using a 30 / 60 / 90 Day Plan

30-60-90-Day Plan eBook on Amazon Kindle Store

 

 

 

Phone Interviews – New eBook – Giveaway January 7th and 8th

Do you have a phone interview coming up? Let me help you ace it and get invited to the face-to-face.

Telephone Interview EbookI've just released my brand new ebook in Amazon's Kindle Store:

How to Ace Your Phone Interview:
Top 37 Tips for the Best Interview of Your Life

37 Top Tips for the Best Phone Interview of Your Life

Phone interviews are really phone ‘screens.’  Employers use them to weed out candidates and come up with a short list of people to interview face-to-face.  If you don’t get invited to interview, you got screened out of the job.

This book will keep you from getting screened out and consistently put you on the short list of candidates who get to interview in person.  You'll discover:

  • Exceptional Answers to Phone Interview Questions
  • Phone Interview Mistakes That Get You Screened Out
  • How To Be Confident and Make a Fantastic First Impression
  • Powerful ‘How To’ Tips for a Perfect Phone Interview
  • How To Get Invited To Interview Face-To-Face

> See Phone Interview eBook Description Here <

***To celebrate the launch of this ebook, I am giving it away AT NO COST January 7th and 8th.  Simply go to Amazon's Kindle Store and download it then.

> Get How to Ace Your Phone Interview for Free <

 

** If you like this book, make sure you check out my other ebooks in Amazon's Kindle Store...

How to Answer Interview Questions                                                                                                                   How Do You Prepare for an Interview?

Interview Preparation Ebook on Amazon KindleHow to Answer Interview Questions eBook

 

Finding a Job Fast Using a 30 / 60 / 90 Day Plan

30-60-90-Day Plan eBook on Amazon Kindle Store

 

 

 

How to Answer Interview Questions eBook Now #1 Kindle ‘Interview’ on Amazon

Search 'interview' in Amazon's Kindle store and what pops up #1 on the list?

How to Answer Interview Questions

#1 Interview eBook in Amazon Kindle Store

I am thrilled that my ebook holds the #1 spot.  Thanks to everyone who has purchased it...if you haven't yet, take this opportunity to get it.

It contains 'a wealth of useful and practical suggestions' that are 'easy to understand and assimilate thanks to the concise detailed explanations and numerous examples' (from one of the dozens of great reviews).

Crush your next interview with the best answers to 101 tough interview questions.  Get How to Answer Interview Questions today.

 

 

Phone Interview Tip – Research the Interviewer

Do you research the company before your job interview?  How about the interviewer?  You can give yourself a huge advantage in your job interview if you research the interviewer ahead of time.

In the video below, I'll tell you how to gather information about your interviewer...what questions you should ask, who you should ask, and what you're looking for.  These tips will put you ahead of the other candidates and make you absolutely stand out as the best candidate.  There are 3 important places you can gather information.  Click the video to watch.

 

 

Find out more places to gather information and see how it can help you ace your interview in my blog article:  Phone Interview Tips #8.

Check out my entire blog series, Phone Interviews: 37 Essential and Extraordinary Tips That Will Get You To the Face-to-Face.

Phone Interview Tips – Good Communication Means More Than You Think

All interviews require you to have good communication skills. How else can you convey to them that you are the right person to hire? But phone interviews are a special case, with a few more considerations than your average interview.

In the video below, I will give you some critical tips you need for good communication in your phone interview.

Click on the video to watch.

Read my blog article for more on this, including some great tips for your phone interview questions and answers, techniques for getting more information from the interviewer, and great communication advice about how to clarify for understanding. See the article here: Phone Interview Tips #32.

Get comprehensive phone interview tips in my blog series, Phone Interview Tips Series: 37 Essential and Extraordinary Tips That Will Get You To the Face-to-Face.

Phone Interview Tips – How to Research the Company

Should you research the company before a phone interview? Absolutely.

In the video below, I will tell you what questions to keep in mind when you research the company before your phone interview. What are you looking for? Where should you find this information?

Click on the video to watch.

Check out my blog post for more details on this: Phone Interview Tip 9

Get comprehensive phone interview tips when you read my entire series on Phone Interview Tips.

Phone Interview Tips – What To Say To Get Them To Move You Forward

What's the biggest question for every job candidate? In a phone interview, it's "What can I say to get them to invite me to interview in person?"

I talk all the time about being strategic in your interviews, and this is a prime example of what I'm talking about. You don't just hope that you answer the questions right...you think about the whole interaction and do the things that will be most likely to make you successful.

In the video below, I will give you the best tip ever for guaranteeing a great phone interview and maximizing your chances to get to the face-to-face.

Click to watch.

Read my more-detailed blog article on this subject here: Phone Interview Tips #15

Check out my entire list of the Top 37 Tips for a great Phone Interview in my Phone Interview Tips series.

Phone Interview Tips – What Words Will Kill Your Chances?

OK, I know...you know you have to clean up your language for interviews. Certain words are not appropriate in professional settings.

But...do you really know what hiring managers are thinking when they evaluate the words you say? Do you know they try to loosen you up to see the 'real' you?

Interviews (especially phone interviews) are so stressful that it's very, very easy to slip up. I have seen this happen to more than a few candidates.

In the short video below, I talk a little about the language that will stop you from moving forward, and how to be successful in your phone interview.

Click the video to watch.

Read my more-detailed blog article on this subject here: Phone Interview Tips #23. In the article, you'll also see tips to avoid weak language, speech fillers, and other common problems.

Check out my entire list of the Top 37 Tips for a great Phone Interview in my Phone Interview Tips series.

Phone Interview Tips – How To Stay Focused And Put Your Best Foot Forward

To many candidates, phone interviews seem like they're not a big deal--it's not even a 'real' interview.  It's just a phone call.

But in reality, this is a critical tipping point...this is what determines whether you get invited for the face-to-face and have a shot at the job.

You have to plan ahead and put your best foot forward here to make that happen.

In the video below, I will give you some of my best tips to stay focused and have a great conversation.

Click the video to watch.

Read my more-detailed blog article on this subject here: Phone Interview Tips #4

Check out my entire list of the top 25 Tips for a great phone interview in my Phone Interview Tips series.  

 

Phone Interview Tips – How To Help Them Qualify You For the Face-To-Face

What does it mean, to 'qualify' you for the face-to-face interview? It simply means to decide that you are going to be worth the time to talk to some more, in person. That's the goal of the phone interview, for the company. It's to help them make the decision about who deserves a seat in an in-person interview.

There are two things you need to know:

First, not all interviewers are necessarily good at interviewing, which means that they won't always come to the conclusion they need to talk to you again, even if you'd be great at the job.

Second, you have much more control over this outcome than you think.

In the short video below, I will tell you how to comfortably, positively help that interviewer to qualify you for the face-to-face.

Click the video to watch.

If you want more tips for how to control the outcome of your phone interview, read my blog article with more details: Phone Interview Tips #17.

And don't forget to check out our entire Phone Interview Tips series. It's 37 of the best tips for your phone interviews.

Phone Interview Tips – How The Right Body Language Makes You Sound Like A Better Candidate

OK, 'fess up. Did you have a clue that body language matters when you're on the phone? It's true...how you hold your body, and the gestures you make absolutely affect how your voice sounds. It affects quality, tone, and their perception of your confidence and competence.

In the quick video below, I will give you some of my best tips for good body language in your phone interview that will help you make a better impression on your interviewer and give you a better shot at getting invited in to the face-to-face interview.

Click the video to watch.

For more body language tips for your phone interview, read my blog article on this subject: Phone Interview Tips #18.

And don't forget to check out our entire Phone Interview Tips series. It's 37 of the best tips for your phone interviews.