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Preparing for a Telephone Job Interview

Updated on August 21, 2010

Preparing for a Telephone Job Interview

A telephone job interview is as important as in-person interview so prepare for it like you would prepare to meet your potential employer for the first time. You got a phone interview from a company you applied to because your resume compelled them that you could be the person for the job. Do not disappoint him or her by sounding sloppy, reckless, and disorganized when answering questions even to set time for you to visit the office in person.


Only few people are 100 percent comfortable in a telephone job interview; even some professionals find it intimidating to talk to a potential employer over the phone. If you’re not too confident in a telephone job interview like most people, prepare for it by doing a mock interview with a friend or a family member. Have them prepare a list of possible phone interview questions, but don’t cheat by having a look at the list before the mock interview. Record your play interview and take note where you can improve your conversational skills perhaps in the manner or the tone of your voice when answering questions.


There are set of common questions that all interviewers would want to ask in a telephone job interview. In order for you to sound ready, list these possible questions and answer them accordingly before a potential employer rings you for a phone interview. Ready your resume all the time because most of these questions are related to the content of your resume. Some common discussions in a phone interview could pertain to your previous job experience, characteristics, and your top skill relevant to the company.


That’s why it’s relevant for you to go the extra mile to research about the company you want to work for. Have an idea about the business of the company, its goals, and its strengths and weaknesses in which you can help improve with your abilities. It’s easy for you to determine what skills you want to present to the interviewer if you know which point of improvement you can help the company with.


Interviewers feel good if they think you applied to their company only by not asking something crazy like “I sent out several resumes; could you remind me about your vacant position?” If you don’t have photographic memory, it pays to prepare a list of companies you applied to complete with contact person, job description, and qualifications for the position. Have this list within your reach so that you know which company and which application you sent out to the minute the interviewer introduce herself or himself to you in a telephone job interview.

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