Telephonic Interview

In the expeditious world, there is always a need to do things in a rapid fashion. Interviews are no exception for this. When there is an urgent requirement and if the candidate is not in town or unable to travel, there is no point rejecting the candidature and expel a skillful competent employee. The same is applicable for an interviewer. If the interviewer is unable to be at office, it does not mean the interview should not happen. With the advent of technologies, there is always a way out – Telephonic Interviews.


Telephonic Interviews are no different from the regular face-to-face interviews. The same level of understanding can be obtained by the interviewer, about the interviewee. The important advantages of telephonic interviews are that no matter how you dress and there will not be any possible discrimination based on the race, color, or any physical traits/features.


In general, telephonic interviews are conducted during the initial stages of the recruitment process.

Tips to Successfully Handle a Telephonic Interview

  • Fix a comfortable timing for the interview. This is important because, now that you are going to take the interview from home, you should make sure that you are not being disturbed at the said time.
  • Inform the other members at home that you are going to attend an interview in the said time, so that they will ensure you are not disturbed.
  • Select a silent place to attend the interview.
  • Make sure your mobile will receive uninterrupted signal in the selected place.
  • Understand the approximate duration of the interview.
  • Make sure your mobile phone holds enough charge/your landline is working without any disturbance.
  • Try to use an ear phone or a Bluetooth so that you are comfortable handling your mobile and other necessary documents.
  • Have a copy of your resume and other required documents right in front of you.
  • Have a pen and paper with you, incase if you were to write something.
  • Understand well about the organization and the role, as you would do for a face-to-face interview.
  • Have a comfortable chair in the place you have selected for the interview and sit comfortably. Do not sit lethargic. It might reflect in your voice.
  • Be in the selected place in advance, and focus on the interview.
  • Greet the interviewer, once you take the call. If you have any disturbance when you receive the call, inform the interviewer, request for five minutes, clear the problem, and take the call in five minutes.
  • Smile when you greet. The smile will be carried in your tone.
  • Make sure your receiver/mobile is in the correct position.
  • Talk clearly and in the correct tone. Do not be loud or too soft.
  • Be confident of what you talk. The confidence will reach the interviewer through the tone.
  • Listen carefully what the interviewer says. If you don’t hear properly, request the interviewer to repeat. There is nothing wrong in asking to repeat than to answer something unrelated.
  • If you want time to think of an answer, tell the same to the interviewer. Do not be mute without informing the interviewer. He/she might think that something is wrong with the line or you are diverted from the interview.
  • Carry proper body language. Do not think that you are not seen. Body language will be reflected in the way you answer.
  • If the interviewer wants you to repeat an answer, do it without any hesitation as you would answer for the first time.
  • Before closing the interview, ask the interviewer about the next round of interview.
  • After the interview, send a thank you e-mail to the interviewer.

Don’ts in a Telephonic Interview

Do not go on talking. Pause to listen to the interviewer.

  • Do not go on talking. Pause to listen to the interviewer.
  • Do not interrupt the interviewer when he/she is talking.
  • Do not eat anything during the interview. If you want to drink water, take permission from the interviewer.
  • Never put the call on hold.
  • Never be silent for a long time.
  • Do not try to browse for answers during the interview. This will waste time and divert you from concentrating on the interview. You might end up not answering even the ones that you know already.
  • Do not move around while talking. This might interrupt the signal and affect the audibility.

Common Questions in Telephonic Interview

The questions in a telephonic interview are as same as that in a face-to-face interview.

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What do you want to be in the next five years?
  • How would you describe yourself in one word/line?
  • What do you know about the organization?
  • What are your strengths and weakness?
  • Why should you be selected?
  • How was your growth in the previous organizations?
  • What are the achievements in your career?
  • Why do you want this job?
  • Who is your current employer?
  • What are your current roles and responsibilities?
  • What is the reason for leaving your current job?
  • What do you expect from this job?
  • Are you open to travel?
  • What languages do you know?
  • Questions based on your skill set

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