20 Best Phone Screening Interview Questions To Ask

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TalkingOnPhoneiStockPhone interviews are a quick and convenient way to screen candidates before meeting them face to face. If done right, it can save you a ton of time and resources.

The fundamental thing to ask first when conducting a phone interview is 1. If they are still interested in the position and 2. Is now a good time to do a quick X to Y minute interview, if not, when?

It’s best to let the candidate know the time frame and remind them it’s best if they’re in a quiet environment before you chat, and it’s okay to reschedule for a better time if required.

To get the most out of a quick phone interview, here are 20 questions to consider asking:

  1. What were the key role and responsibilities of your previous role?
  2. Who did you report to and how often did you report?
  3. What were your KPI’s at your previous role?
  4. What is your greatest accomplishment in terms of your career?
  5. What did you learn from this achievement and how does it help you in your career now?
  6. What are 3 of your greatest strengths?
  7. Do you think you’ll have any weaknesses on this job?
  8. What was your biggest failure during this job?
  9. What was the biggest challenge you encountered during this job?
  10. How did you respond to this? What did you learn from it?
  11. Who was your direct supervisor? If I asked him or her for their honest perspective on your strengths and weaknesses, what would he or she likely say?
  12. What do you wish to achieve out of your current role?
  13. On a scale of 1 -10, rank your skill level with (fill in the blank)?
  14. What are your career goals in 5 years?
  15. Why did you leave your last job? Why do you want to leave your current job?
  16. What are you currently earning?
  17. What are your salary expectations?
  18. Will you travel? What % of overnight travel would you be willing to do on a monthly basis?
  19. Are you willing to relocate?
  20. When can you start?

If you can think of any other questions you’d like to add to this list for phone interview questions, feel free to comment below!

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