Telephone Interview Questions

Updated 5 June 2020


Telephone interviews are typically conducted by a member of a firm's human resources team, or outsourced to a specialist organisation (such as a recruitment consultancy or job assessment organisation).

Questions will usually focus on:

  • Your CV, work experience and academic history
  • Your motivations for applying to the firm in question, the particular industry and job role
  • Your knowledge of the firm itself (for example, competitors, global reach, future plans)
  • Your skills, qualifications and competencies

Typical Telephone Interview Questions

It is less likely that a telephone interview would include technical interview questions, brain teaser questions or commercial awareness style questions (although you should still prepare for these questions, just in case).

Example Telephone Interview Questions

  1. Why do you want to work in the industry in question?
  2. Why do you want the position in question?
  3. What are you most looking forward to in this role?
  4. Tell me about yourself/take me through your CV.
  5. Where would you like to be in five years? What do you think you will be doing?
  6. Why should we hire you?
  7. What are your greatest achievements?
  8. What motivates you?
  9. Tell me about a time you have led a team.
  10. What was your degree grade? Were you happy with this?

Where possible, always use a different example when answering each question.

Further Information

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