Telephone Interview Tips: How to Get the Best From Your Phone Interviews with These Questions

If you are an employer or recruiter who finds that he has to screen a lot of candidates taking phone interviews can be a time and stress saving way of determining the right candidates to shortlist for a further one-on-one interview.

Ask the Right Questions

Having done over 50 phone interviews just this year alone I noticed that telephone interviews are not just about asking the candidate every type of question; it is more about knowing the right questions to ask candidates in order to get a better idea on how to access their suitability.

Ask Open Ended Questions

Since you are not seeing the interviewee physically you should be asking questions that do not elicit one word answers. Open ended questions will help you access the candidate based on how she responds to them.

Some Useful Phone Interview Questions

While there is no shortage of questions you could ask in a phone interview below are some effective ones that will help you gain an insight on the suitability or otherwise of a candidate.

1. In your career so far what have you done that you are most proud of?
2. What are the specific skill sets that you are bringing to this job?
3. What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the ______________________ industry today.
4. Why should we consider you for this job?

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