Telephone interviews often take place during the early stages of the job interview process. Some recruiters will use them as a method of shortlisting; others as an opportunity to learn more about the candidates who are applying to work for them.

A telephone interview is often an effective way for a company to screen many candidates quickly and cost-effectively, without having to invest the same level of time and resources needed for face-to-face interviews.

Telephone interviews (and increasingly, Skype interviews) are usually straightforward, since the aim is to eliminate weaker candidates, rather than to test stronger ones. Often, all recruiters are looking for is a calm, confident telephone manner and an intelligent set of responses to common interview questions.

Here are some rare questions asked in a Telephonic interview and How they should be answered:

What are your goals for the future?

How to Answer:- The most efficient answer for such question would not only show your interest towards your career, but also that this would not be the stop gap position in your estimation. Play with your Strengths, show off your passion towards your work and demonstrate your ambition.

What were your main responsibilities in your previous job?

The main purpose of many Telephonic Interviews is to see if the candidate can actually back up what they say on their CV, mainly when put on the

How to Answer:

Point your answer towards the experience you have which makes you perfectly suitable for this position.

What salary are you looking for?

Speaking about salary can be awkward for some applicants, and during a telephone interview is no exception.

Right answer: Give a broad salary range which you feel is realistic to the role, its responsibilities and your previous experience. Any further negotiations can be brought up later in the interview stage.


Part of the reason why firms conduct a telephone interview is to find out how keen candidates are about working at their company and in the particular job role applied for. It is important to be enthusiastic throughout your telephone conversation, but make an effort to be forthcoming at the close.

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