Phone Interview Questions

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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

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Why did you apply for this position?

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  1. 1.

    Why did you apply for this position?

      How to Answer

      Now is the time for you to express your enthusiasm for the company, and the position to which you applied! Express your passion for your field of study or talk about how this role will provide you with the career growth you have been seeking. Be sure to compliment the company and give a strong reason why you want to work for them.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I applied for this position because I am seeking a more challenging opportunity in my field. Your job posting was especially exciting to me because your organization is well known for its unmatched level of professionalism and growth opportunities. I would be thrilled to work for your company."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "Your organization is a leading player in the e-commerce space. I am an advocate of your platform and frequent shopper of your products. I think I can add a lot of value to this role and am excited to learn more about this online customer support opportunity."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "I want to work for a small company with a family-like feel, just like yours. I have always worked in large organizations where I am a number, not an individual. This 'corporate giant' type of environment made it difficult for me to flourish as a manager and a leader. I appreciate the workplace culture you have cultivated."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "I have been a client of yours for several years now and targeted your company as a top prospect for which I hoped to work, over a year ago. As soon as this position came up, I knew it was right for me. I was excited to write my cover letter to you and hit send on my application!"

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "I have shopped here since I was a little girl. My grandma used to take me here, and it's where I bought my grad dress! To come full circle and work here in the very same department all these years later would be not only exciting for me, but very special. Your store means something to me personally, and I would do everything in my power to make it successful and continue to make special memories for others!"

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "I have been looking for a high-growth startup for quite a while, and your company is what I've been seeking in a work environment. You value your people and have an awesome culture centered around achievement, growth, and accountability. You are disrupting an industry that needs some shaking up, and you have science that is allowing that disruption. The energy in here is contagious, which only make me even more excited about the opportunity."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "Your district is one of the top rated in the state, is considered a thought-leader in the educational community, and it is the district that I grew up attending. So, it's not only full-circle for me in setting, but also the place where I decided I wanted to become a teacher, so this is an extraordinary opportunity. I have always said I wanted to come back to teach in District ###, so this would be so exciting for me on both a professional and personal level."

      Audra's Answer for a Paraprofessional Educator Interview

      "I applied for this position because I am so excited about the opportunity to work in a school. My goal is to one day become a teacher, and I would be so grateful for the opportunity to learn from the teachers at your school. I have always had a gift for working with young students, and I'm excited to get involved and learn."

      Heather's Answer for a Pediatric Nurse Interview

      "I believe if we think about it, each of us could remember at least one disagreement with a friend or co-worker. Although I consider myself to be pretty easy-going, I am also very passionate about my patients and the care that they receive. I have been aware of disagreements between other co-workers, but really like to think of myself as more of a peacekeeper. I feel like professional people should be able to discuss things logically and come to an agreement that is satisfactory for everyone involved."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Nurse Anesthetist Interview

      "Your facility stands out from the others in many ways. I was especially drawn to the clinic because of its reputation for offering advanced education opportunities, and the many benefits available for staff including childcare and gym membership. I absolutely see a strong, long term fit here."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Air Traffic Controllers Interview

      "Growing up, my father was an air traffic controller. He would come home with some fascinating stories, and he took incredible pride in his work. This is what initially piqued my interest in becoming an ATC."

      5+ Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "I was delighted to see this opportunity with Qatar Airways. I have been looking for an overseas company where I can meet new people. This is an excellent opportunity that I sincerely hope I am considered for."

      Lauren's Answer

      This is a great and honest answer.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I want to work for a company that has a global brand but still in a growth stage."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This is a good start, but I recommend digging deeper as this answer could be applied to many different companies. What are the top reasons that are unique to this company? What truly stood out to you in the job posting when you first saw it?

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