How to Succeed in a Telephonic Interview?

Telephonic Interview

While you are searching for a new job, it is important to be prepared for a phone interview. Interviewing over the phone is a step used by the employers for screening job candidates. On the bases of their conversation with the candidates over the phone, hiring managers decide who all they will call for the next round of interviews. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to ace your phone interview, but before that let us first understand–



What is a Telephonic Interview?

A telephonic interview is an interview pre-scheduled by the hiring managers conducted over a phone or a mobile with a candidate who has applied for a job. Such interviews are usually conducted when:

– the hiring manager wants to shortlist from a large number of job candidates; or

– the company is located in a place where the candidate is not currently living.


Phone interviews are a lot different from face-to-face interviews in the sense that the interviewer is not sitting in front of you. This makes it difficult for the candidates to:

a) Connect with the interviewer and build a meaningful rapport with them.

b) Understand how the interviewer is responding to their answers since they cannot see them and gauge their body language.

c) Convince the employer about their capabilities as the time duration of phone interviews is usually very short.


However, you can overcome the above-mentioned challenges if you prepare well for the phone interview. Here are a few steps to your rescue:


How to Prepare for a Phone Interview?


1. Check your phone/mobile for any technical glitches:

The first and the foremost thing you must do before your phone interview is to check your mobile handset/landline. It should be working fine, especially check the volume of the speaker as it should neither be too low nor too loud. If you are going to take the interview over your mobile, make sure it is completely charged. If you are opting for a landline, make sure to switch off your mobile to ensure cutting out any form of distraction during the telephonic interview.


2. Create a professional environment:

The biggest disadvantage of phone interviews is that you can take them from anywhere dressed in anything. And, how you conduct yourself depends a lot on what you wear as well as on your surroundings. Therefore, make sure you are dressed professionally and do not have any distractions in the room in which you take the interview.

Bonus Tip – Stand up while talking to the interviewer to boost your confidence while answering interview questions over the phone. It will also help you stay more alert while listening to what the interviewer has to say.


3. Keep your CV, a pen and a notepad ready:

While there is nothing wrong in asking the interviewer to repeat what they have just said during a telephonic interview, it is advisable to avoid doing so. Asking the interviewer to repeat again and again will put you in the danger of coming across as a poor listener. Therefore, keep a pen and a notepad handy to write down the tricky questions the interviewer may ask. Also, interviewers ask their candidates to explain a certain area of work mentioned in their CV or ask questions based on what information they have presented in the document. So, keep a copy of your own CV readily available so that you can refer to it whenever required.


4. Check your voice:

Take help from a friend by asking him/her to take a mock phone interview with you. The idea is to judge how confident you sound over the phone. You can even record your own voice to judge yourself. This way you will be able to work on your voice modulation beforehand to avoid sounding like someone who has mugged their answers.


5. Practice beforehand:

To give a winning touch to the preparation you have done so far, take some time out to go over some commonly asked phone interview questions and prepare your answers in advance. The following segment talks about the possible interview question one can prepare. Have a look:


5 Common Phone Interview Questions

Phone Interview Questions

Following are some of the most commonly asked telephone interview questions with links to answer resources:

Also Read: 20 Most Common Interview Questions for Freshers

Q1. Tell me something about yourself.

Tell me about yourself

Find tips for answering this interview question here.


Q2. Why do you want to change your job?

Why do you want to change your job

Find tips for answering this interview question here.


Q3. Why should we hire you?

Why should we hire you

Find tips for answering this interview question here.


Q4. Are you willing to relocate?

Are you willing to relocate

Find tips for answering this interview question here.


Q5. Do you have any questions for us?

Do you have any questions for us

Find tips for answering this interview question here.


Whether you are a fresher or an experienced professional, preparing these frequently asked interview questions will help you speak confidently during the telephonic interview. And by looking at your confidence, the hiring manager will definitely call you for the next round of interview.

All the best!

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About Megha Raizada

Megha Raizada is a professional writer with a keen interest in the global job market. She loves to keep a track of everything interesting happening around the globe. When not writing or browsing the Internet, you will find her creating furniture out of used tires.

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