Like any interview you should always be prepared. Review some of the typical phone interview questions and have your answers prepared beforehand.
The people interviewing you could be a third party recruiter. Companies often hire these companies to preliminary screen potential candidates before inviting them for a second interview. You may also be interviewed by a person from human resources. Lastly you may be interviewed by the hiring manager or the boss you will be working with. A human resource person will usually want to verify your resume and review your qualifications. A recruiter or hiring manager may ask more specific technical questions.
Below is a list of some of the frequently asked phone interview questions.
- Can you tell me a little about yourself?
- How much experience do you have working with ____?
- What do you know about this company and the position on offer?
- Why are you leaving your current job?
- What is the biggest accomplishment you have had in your career to date?
- What is the most important thing to you in a job/company?
- What is your biggest weakness?
- What is your greatest strength?
- How do you deal with stress?
- Where do you see yourself in five years time?
- What are your salary expectations?
- When would you be available to start?
Over the course of the interview you may be asked more questions but having prepared your cv and researching the company will give you a better chance at answering unexpected questions. It is so important to prepare because one bad answer can cost you the interview and you lose out on the job.
It is a good idea to practice a mock interview with a friend to get used to hearing and answering these types of questions over the phone. You don't want to be stumbling over your words. Because it is a phone interview you can make some cheat notes for yourself to help you remember.
Do not write detailed notes as this will cause you to pause for too long while talking. Rather just have some keywords or sentences to help you remember what your answers are for some of the typical phone interview questions.