Tips for answering Telephonic Interview questions

Telephonic interviews can be a tricky ball game, given the interviewer and the interviewee are not physically present, but speaking over a telephone call. In such a scenario, it is difficult for the interviewer to gauge the non-verbal body language of the interviewee. Therefore, it is imperative for anyone giving a telephonic interview to keep certain pointers in mind while giving a telephonic interview.
  • Keep your resume in alongside you, near your desk, so that it's at your fingertips while you are giving the interview.
  • Keep a short list of your achievements alongside you (This is an advantage of a telephonic interview over a face-to-face interview).
  • Keep a pen and paper handy with you to take notes, just in case.
  • Keep your call waiting off, so that you aren’t distracted while the interview in going on.
  • Make sure you give the interview at a time convenient to you – i.e. you should not have any distractions while the interview in going on.
  • Make sure you are in an empty room – evict kids or pets, to avoid yourself any disturbances
  • If possible, give the interview on a landline, than mobile phones, since it will eliminate the risk of poor network or dropped calls.
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Must do’s in a telephonic interview
  • Keep a glass of water handy along with you, in case your mouth turns dry.
  • Smile. Even though your smile isn’t visible to the interviewer, smiling will talking will make you sound more positive, thus showing enthusiasm and interest for the company.
  • Assure you speak clearly – in a soft yet assertive tone.
  • Refer to the interviewee as Sir or Madam, unless they ask you to refer them by their first name.
  • Pause for atleast three seconds before beginning to answer any questions. It will allow you to gather your thoughts.
  • Take notes, wherever you find it necessary.
  • Try to answer in a concise manner.
  • At the end of the interview, ask the interviewer if it would be possible to meet in them person.
Don’t in a telephonic interview
  • Avoid smoking, chewing gum, eating, or drinking.
  • Avoid interrupting the interviewer while he/she is speaking
  • Don’t sound aggressive, or laid-back or timid while speaking
Here some sample Telephonic Interview questions with answers:
Q.1. Tell me about yourself
Answer: Good morning Sir.
First of all, Thanks for giving me an opportunity to introduce myself.
I'm Vijay Dinanath Chauhan. Born and brought up in Hyderabad.
Coming to my education qualifications, I have completed my schooling from Army school R K. Puram and Intermediate from Kendriya Vidhyalaya Bolarum and lastly I have pursued my graduation from St.Mary's Centenary Degree College Secunderabad. I'm a fresher and I don't have much practical knowledge but I am eager to learn new things at different positions.
As far as my family background is concerned, we are 4 members in my family including me. My father is in Army, my mother is a primary school teacher and my younger sister is pursuing graduation.
Coming to my career goal, my short term goal is to get a job in a good and reputed company like yours and my long term goal is to achieve a good position, name and fame in the same organization.
Coming towards my strengths, I have strong logical thinking, always love to do smart work, good leadership skills, have good time management skills. I am very self-motivated.
My weak point is that I believe on someone very easily and I am short tempered person but I am working on that to improve this.
Apart from studies, I'm very good in the field of sports. I am a football player and have played Nationals and represented Hyderabad. I love listening music.
That's all about me Sir.
Thank you.
Q.2. Why should we hire you?
Answer: As, I have just started my career, I don’t have practical achievements, but I really want to practically explore and experience my potential by delivering the best services to the company. It will be my honor to work with you and this organization.
The primary goal of any organization while hiring employees is their loyalty and hardworking nature. I am loyal and hardworking since my childhood – in my school and colleges, I was one among the dedicated set of students who had been completing the task or assignment on time.
I have good knowledge of programming (C, C++, C#, HTML, and .Net), networking etc.  Also, I do possess analytical and problem solving skills. Apart from that, I have practical experience in some Operating Systems.
Q.3. Who has inspired you in your life and why?
Answer: Of all the people who have inspired me, I have to say that Jonas Salk ranks at the top of the list. Not only was he a brilliant scientist, but more importantly, he used his genius and dedication to develop a product (in the form of a life-saving vaccine) that saved thousands of lives and prevented untold suffering, instead of seeking personal profit like so many others would have.
Q.4. Describe your ideal company, location and job.
Answer: For me, an ideal company is one where I show up every day and feel myself contributing, knowing that I am playing a role in the success of the company. My ideal company depends on me, so that I am motivated to work hard and complete my tasks. Also, my ideal company offers products and solutions that I believe in, and has a long term plan for success.
Q.5. Have you considered starting your own business?
Answer: Opening a business wouldn’t be a good fit for me because I do my best work in stable jobs with well-defined responsibilities. I also enjoy working in positions that let me learn from my co-workers and managers.
Q.6. Can you work under pressure?
Answer:  Yes, I work well under pressure. But I believe that by simply reacting to a situation, we are just creating the pressure. Instead of reacting to a problem, I will review the facts at a heightened pace and respond to the situation with a solution all while keeping a clear head.