Been applying for multiple jobs, and now that phone interview is just around the corner?
A phone interview is just a quick informal chat with a recruiter or employer, from which they judge if they want to invite you for a formal in-person interview. This interview usually takes 20 minutes and is a quick, sharp elimination round that helps decide for both sides if it’s worth spending more time with the process.
When you receive a call from an employer for a phone interview, go to a quiet place where there are no distractions. Grab a notepad and pen, so you are ready to write down any important information.
Here at Client Centric, we help with not only a formal interview but also phone interviews to help ensure you get the job you want. In addition, we help with interview skills coaching all over Australia in all states via Zoom.
So, what are some standard questions asked in a phone interview?
Why are you leaving your current job?
Most employers/recruiters start with this question to understand your current employment situation. The worst thing you could do is respond with negative comments about your current employer or workplace.
The best way to approach this question is to answer with personal growth or career advancement.
How do you stay focused while working from home?
This question has become common today, with many employees working remotely from home and not in the office. Most employers are still unsure about each individual’s ability to work from home but have had to adjust. This question is an opportunity for employers to ease their concerns.
When responding to this question, let the person know that you create a daily to-do list and ensure you meet deadlines.
What do people assume about you that isn’t true?
When asked this question, the idea is to explore your capacity to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses. A person who is self-reflective and aware can improve their skills and behaviour for the better.