Acing a phone interview is not easy, but preparing for questions that most-likely will be asked increases your chances.
Joyce Lain Kennedy of Telegram.com offers this advice:
To avoid being chopped at the first pass in automated or live screeners, rehearse effective responses to questions about typical subjects:
• Questions about your job history
• Questions about your salary history or requirements
• Questions about your education or training
• Questions about your crossover skills (ability to do the job)
The Wall Street Journal has this to say about the kinds of questions to prepare for:
You should also prepare to answer more complex and detailed questions in phone interviews… Some examples:
• What do you know about the company?
• Why do you want the job?
• What are your greatest strengths?
• What are your career goals?
• How do you see yourself fitting in?
No phone interview is easy, but having a good idea of the questions that will be asked increases your chances to succeed. Reinforcing this idea is Bill McGowan, founder of communications-coaching firm Clarity Media Group, Inc. when he said:
“What traps a lot of people is they think and talk at the same time. They make up answers on the fly. It’s better if you know your conversational path.”
Of course, these are not the only questions that can be asked in phone interviews. Do you have other questions that come up?