How to Face Telephonic Interview Questions?

Face Telephonic Interview Questions

Nowadays, companies or the recruiters insist the job seekers or the candidates to go through a telephone interview first before conducting an in-person interview. This helps the hiring managers in screening the candidates for employment. We will discuss more details about how telephonic interview questions which can help you for future preparation.

There are two types of telephonic interviews: Impromptu and arranged. An impromptu telephone interview can occur at any time based on the resume you’ve submitted. An arranged telephone interview is when you’ve the date and time set and the recruiter calls you accordingly. In either way, there is a standard set or some common phone interview questions that you must prepare yourself with beforehand to face what’s ahead.

These are the top 20 telephonic interview questions asked during a phone interview:

  1. Tell me a bit about yourself?
  2. What drew you to apply for this position?
  3. Can you describe your work style?
  4. What type of opportunity are you considering?
  5. Are you open to relocation to….?
  6. What salary are you seeking?
  7. Why are you leaving your current job?
  8. Tell me three adjectives that describe you
  9. What is your greatest strength?
  10. What is your greatest weakness?
  11. What is the most difficult part of this position?
  12. What is the most important part of this position?
  13. Tell me one of the most valuable skills you’ve learned in your career and how you would apply it to this position?
  14. How did you find out about our company?
  15. What do you know about us?
  16. Why do you want to work here?
  17. If we were to hire you, how soon can you start?
  18. Have you also applied elsewhere?
  19. For the next five years, what are your personal and professional goals?
  20. Is there anything you would like to ask us?

Here are some telephonic job interview tips that will help you to get to the next round:

  • Keep your job search organized if you’ve applied for several companies.
  • Do a detailed research on the company, role and if possible, the interviewer.
  • Compare a list of your strength and weaknesses.
  • Prepare a list of some standard set of telephonic interview questions and answers to glance at if your nerves take over you.
  • Choose a location that puts you to ease and make sure to find a quiet spot with no one else to disturb you or distract you so that you can keep focus.
  • If you’re receiving the call on your cell phone, charge it to full battery beforehand.
  • Practice a mock interview with your family member or a friend to give you an idea about what’s in store ahead or ask yourself some of the common telephonic interview questions.
  • Form a checklist to determine how your qualifications match the hiring criteria of the job. Keep that list with you during the interview.
  • Keep your resume in clear view.
  • Keep a pen and paper with you write down notes
  • Address your interviewer with their title and last name (unless they give you the permission to use their first name)
  • Do not smoke, eat or chew gum during the interview.
  • Listen first and enunciate. Listen to the question very carefully and if you have any sort of confusion as to what the interviewer is asking ask for a clarification.
  • Never interrupt the interviewer.
  • Give short but precise answers
  • Do have the questions to ask the interviewer ready.
  • End the call on the positive note and thank your interviewer.

The questions you ask in an interview are as important as the questions you answer because they display your enthusiasm for the company and help you understand if you’re a good fit for the job position. These are some of the common telephonic interview questions to ask your recruiter –

  1. How would you describe the responsibilities of this position?
  2. Are there any opportunities of advancement with this company?
  3. When can I expect to hear from you?
  4. Is there anything you’d like to know about my qualifications?

Once the interview is over, go through the notes you took during the conversation.

Also check for:

Make a list of questions you were asked and how you responded, to ascertain if you have any follow up questions if you get the opportunity for an in-person interview or second round phone interview.


Gaining a pass through this screening is crucial for advancing to the next step which is the in-person interview. If you fail at this step you might reach a dead end in the process. But by organizing and preparing in advance it will be less stressful for you and the outcome will be fruitful.