When preparing for a phone interview and phone interview questions, you have to act as if you are meeting with the employer for a regular, face to face interview. Since the employer has not met you in person, they have to be able to tell if they want to hire you based on your confidence, attitude, your dedication, and your persistence. Employers like to hear that you want the job more than anything and that nothing will stand in your way from getting it.
Phone Interview Questions
Q: If offered the position, would you be willing to relocate to our company location?
A: Answer an interview question like this with confidence, but be honest. If you do not have anything standing in your way of relocating, then let them know you will be glad to. Sometimes people have family obligations and are not able to leave but you can ask if you would be able to work from home doing the same position you are interviewing for. Remember: all interview questions, including phone interview questions, are intended to help the employer understand who you are and how you will fit within their company – so be honest without scaring them away!
Q: Where would you like to see yourself ten years from now?
A: Employers like asking these types of interview questions because they want to see if you have any plans to move up within the company so let them know you are looking to advance up in the company to either a manager or supervisor. This shows the employer that you have the passion and dedication to make it all the way up to the top. It would also be a great idea to mention any volunteer work you would love to do to help the community.
Q: What kind of professional skills do you have that would benefit the company?
A: Keep in mind they have received your resume through fax or by email, and they may be seeing if you could elaborate some more of your professional skills. You only want to mention the skills that would qualify you for the position you are applying for. Since just about every job opportunity requires customer service experience, it would be a great idea to bring up how many years of experience you have had. When answering this phone interview question, it is pertinent that you go into it with confidence and straight-forwardness to display to the employer exactly why you are the person for the job.
Q: What is the amount of income you are expecting to earn to start off at?
A: The salary questions is tough. If you can avoid it, don’t give a salary range because the employer may be thinking of a higher number and now know they can hire you at a lower rate that you may be more qualified for. To the contrary, the employer may be thinking of a lower number and will dismiss you as a candidate because you are too expensive. Always say that you are open for negotiation or “salary is negotiable,” because this shows the employer that you will accept a fair salary range for the respective position.
Q: How soon would you be able to start working for our company?
A: This answer depends on whether or not you are still working for a company or you may have some plans that can hold you back. If you are not currently employed, inform the employer that you can start immediately. If you are currently employed, inform the employer that you would be happy to begin the paperwork and training immediately, but would need to give your current employer at least two weeks notice. Although you may want to start your new job immediately, it is only proper to give your current employer at least two weeks notice as a gesture of appreciation and respect. More importantly, giving your current boss two weeks notice tells your new employer that you handled the situation with respect and dignity, and gives them a great first impression of the type of person you are.