Telephone interviews are often used to filter out candidates who aren’t suitable for a role, and who won’t be invited to a formal interview. They usually take the form of an informal conversation about who you are, your interest in the role, and a brief overview of your background.
In this ‘screening’ stage, you need to be prepared to outline your reasons for applying and your suitability for the role and to answer questions such as:
- Tell me about yourself
- Why do you want to work for us?
- What previous experience do you have in this area?
- What do you do outside of work?
- What is your understanding of the role?
These questions will help a recruiter or hiring manager assess your compatibility with the role as well as how well you’d fit in with the company culture. To be considered for a formal interview, you’ll need to make a great first impression during the call, so it’s important to do your research, practice some basic interview questions and make sure you know your CV inside out.