Phone Interview Questions

How to nail interview questions “on the fly”

Applied for a job and the phone rings. When you answer, you know the interview questions will be next!

You may have just submitted your resume via email or calling into a job agency. Your phone rings, you pick up the call and it is the Hiring Manager/Recruiter calling, but you are out and about. What should you do?

Don’t panic and start with a lot of “words to fill the gap” while you get your mind in interview mode. Take a breath and either ask for a moment to get to a quiet spot or ask if you can take their number and call back in 5 minutes.  This will give you your preparation window.


Your goal from the phone call is to get yourself to the next step in the recruitment process. That maybe a face to face meeting with the agency consultant or a meeting with the Employer Recruiter/Hiring Manager.


  • Stand up as this helps you focus your attention and gives your voice more command, energy and enthusiasm
  • Find a quiet spot
  • Smile – you will come across friendly and more positive
  • Provide relatively short answers
  • State that you are genuinely interested in the position and that you would like to progress your application further and elaborate on your experience through a face to face interview.  Ask if this is possible.

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