Things to know before telephonic round of interview

More and more companies are adopting the telephonic interview as a preliminary round to shortlist their candidates. Some of them have also started taking all the rounds remotely. This saves the time and resources of candidates as well as the organization. This practice has gained popularity especially after the coronavirus lockdown came into effect.

If you also have a telephonic round of interview scheduled, go through this article to check if you are well prepared.

Telephonic round interview tips

Preparation for the Telephonic Interview

  • Make sure that your phone is working properly.
  • Keep your resume and all other documents, along with a pen ready with you.
  • Ensure that there won't be any distractions such as TV, music, other phones/mobiles, kids shouting, etc.
  • Prepare for some common questions such as Tell me about yourself, What are your strengths, weaknesses, Why do you want to join the company? etc. Read more about research about the company before an interview.
  • You can also record and listen to yourself when you practice so that you can work on any issues that you find.
  • Keep with you a glass of water, as you are not expected to take breaks in between the call.

During the interview:

  • Ask and remember the interviewer’s name in the beginning.
  • Speak very clearly and at a slow pace, and try to give concise answers.
  • Listen carefully. Let the interviewer complete before you speak.
  • Smile. It will give you a positive tone and make you sound cheerful and confident.
  • Be courteous and polite. Don't use unprofessional language.
  • Sip water from time to time, it will help you stay calm.
  • Never eat or chew on anything.
  • Avoid using words that are difficult to pronounce. What matters is that you speak clearly and sound confident.
  • If you need some time to think over an answer then convey it to the interviewer. It's better than an awkward silence on the phone.
  • Don't let anyone guide you and better be alone during the interview, in order to avoid confusion and conflicting answers.
  • Keep in mind some good questions to ask at the end of the interview.
  • Remember to thank the interviewer in the end.

I hope this article helps you with your telephonic interview. 
Wish you all the best.

Comment below and tell us about your experiences with telephonic interviews.


  1. Good tips, being very useful and informative. I would surely keep this tips in mind when i am attending phone interview.

    1. Thanks for stopping by.. All the best :)

  2. also write about skype interviews


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