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Phone Interview Tips - #33: Typical Phone Interview Questions

Phone Interview Tips Series


Table of Contents

  1. Phone Interview - Tip 1 -- Check Your Voicemail Greeting
  2. Phone Interview - Tip 2 -- The Best Time to Set Up Your Call
  3. Phone Interview - Tip 3 -- Where’s the Best Place for a Phone Interview?
  4. Phone Interview - Tip 4 -- How To Keep Your Focus
  5. Phone Interview - Tip 5 -- How to Build Your Confidence

  1. Phone Interview - Tip 6 -- How to Project Enthusiasm
  2. Phone Interview - Tip 7 -- Use Cheat Sheets
  3. Phone Interview - Tip 8 -- Research the Interviewer
  4. Phone Interview - Tip 9 -- Research the Company
  5. Phone Interview - Tip 10 -- Prepare Answers to Common Phone Interview Questions

  1. Phone Interview - Tip 11 -- Practice Your Phone Interview
  2. Phone Interview - Tip 12 -- How to Hit Your Phone Interview Goals
  3. Phone Interview - Tip 13 -- The Best Phone for Your Phone Interview
  4. Phone Interview - Tip 14 -- Your Phone Interview Voice
  5. Phone Interview - Tip 15 -- How to Give the Interviewer What They’re Looking For

  1. Phone Interview - Tip 16 -- How to Project the Right Image Over the Phone
  2. Phone Interview - Tip 17 -- Help Them Qualify You for the Face-to-Face Interview
  3. Phone Interview - Tip 18 -- Speak the Right Body Language
  4. Phone Interview - Tip 19 -- Secret Tricks to Phone Interview Success
  5. Phone Interview - Tip 20 -- Ask Questions

  1. Phone Interview - Tip 21 -- How to Listen Well
  2. Phone Interview - Tip 22 -- Don’t Talk Too Much
  3. Phone Interview - Tip 23 -- Watch Your Language
  4. Phone Interview - Tip 24 -- Phone Interview Etiquette
  5. Phone Interview - Tip 25 -- Getting the Face-to-Face Interview

  1. Phone Interview - Tip 26 -- How and When to Follow Up
  2. Phone Interview - Tip 27 -- Biggest Phone Interview Mistakes
  3. Phone Interview - Tip 28 -- Small Phone Interview Mistakes That Cause Big Problems
  4. Phone Interview - Tip 29 -- Things You Should Never Say
  5. Phone Interview - Tip 30 -- Make a Phone Interview Checklist

  1. Phone Interview - Tip 31 -- Relax, Be Calm, and Make a Good Impression
  2. Phone Interview - Tip 32 -- Good Telephone Communication Tips
  3. Phone Interview - Tip 33 -- Typical Phone Interview Questions
  4. Phone Interview - Tip 34 -- Thank You Notes
  5. Phone Interview - Tip 35 -- The One Question You Should Ask
  6. Phone Interview - Tip 36 -- How to Keep Them From Screening You Out
  7. Phone Interview - Tip 37 -- How to Prepare for a Phone Interview

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Here’s a secret:  There’s really only so many interview questions they can ask you.  Some hiring managers like to break out of the rut and ask crazy things to catch you off guard, like “What kind of tree would you be?”, but most of the time they tend to ask the same kinds of questions.  There’s just basic information that they all need to know in order to make the decision to hire you.

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phone interview tipsTell me about yourself.  Interviewers love to start with this question, because it lets them wade in slowly.  Do not let the open-endedness of this question trip you up.  The wrong way to answer this is with personal information: “I’m from Ohio and I’m a huge NASCAR fan.”  This is not social; this is business.  Answer it appropriately:  “I have a degree in X, I have 5 years of experience in Y, and I am great at Z.”  X, Y, and Z should all be things that help sell your fit for this job.What you need to know is what questions they’re most likely to ask you so you can be ready to answer them.  What are the most typical phone interview questions?

  1. Why are you interested in this job?  I know….you need a job for little things like food and shelter.  Meanwhile, they’re wondering “Does he really like us, or is it only the money?”  They want to know how interested and serious you are before they go to the trouble of bringing you in for an hour of in-person interviewing.  Your answer should always be along the lines of, “This job is a great fit for me because of ABC.”  If you can throw in something positive about why you’d enjoy working for that particular company, that would be good, too.
  2. Why are you leaving your current job?  The question behind this question is:  Is there something wrong with you? Was there a problem?  Because if they hire you, then it’s going to be their problem.  Say something like, “I’ve enjoyed my time there, but I’m ready to use my skills in a more challenging role.”  Whatever you say, keep it positive and make it clear that you’re not running away from your old job, you’re running TO this one.

When answering all job interview questions, keep your answers focused on the positive.  Talk up your strengths every time you can so that you sell yourself for the job.

For more job interview questions and answers, check out our blog series, How to Answer Interview Questions.

 

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