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How to master interview questions “on the fly”

Released on April 11, 2017
Posted by John Wyatt

Phone Interview Questions

Applied for your next IT job and the phone rings. When you answer, you know the interview questions will be next!

You may have just submitted your resume via email or calling into an IT Job Agency. Your phone rings, you pick up the call and it is the Hiring Manager/Recruiter calling, but you are out and about. What should you do?

Don’t panic and start with a lot of “words to fill the gap” while you get your mind in interview mode. Take a breath and either ask for a moment to get to a quiet spot or ask if you can take their number and call back in 5 minutes.  This will give you your preparation window.


Your goal from the phone call is to get yourself to the next step in the recruitment process. That maybe a face to face meeting with the agency consultant or a meeting with the Employer Recruiter/Hiring Manager.


  • Stand up as this helps you focus your attention and gives your voice more command, energy and enthusiasm
  • Find a quiet spot
  • Smile – you will come across friendly and more positive
  • Provide relatively short answers
  • State that you are genuinely interested in the position and that you would like to progress your application further and elaborate on your experience through a face to face interview.  Ask if this is possible.

Check out more info here from Recruit IT on Resumes Tips, Resume Templates and on Interview Coaching.


John Wyatt
Recruit IT Group Ltd
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