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I have a telephone interview coming up?

Asked by Crumpet (1785 points ) September 23rd, 2012

Hi, I have a telephone interview coming up, for an IT job, as a software tester.

I’ve just graduated, and don’t have much work experience, so I may find it hard.

Anyone got any tips for me?

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Just be ready for some real off the wall questions. That seems to be the style today.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Even though it’s over the telephone, I recommend you clean up and dress accordingly. It will help you with your attitude about the seriousness of the situation.

Do some online research about the company. Find out something about their products that impresses you. Use this, if the occasion arises. It will show you’ve done some work preparing for the interview.

Here are some questions that are key for you to use. You don’t have to ask them all. You will probably want to save some for a face-to-face interview.

What are your organization’s goals?
How does this position we are discussing fit into the goals?
What do you expect the successful candidate to accomplish over the next 12–18 months?
What is the biggest challenge that person will face?
What skills are necessary to perform effectively in this position?
What about my resume or background attracted your attention?

Asking questions shows that you have needs, too. It should reveal to the interviewer that you are serious about starting your career right.

Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

I like to ask about the team environment for the role I will be stepping into.

filmfann's avatar

Don’t use speaker phone. You want to hear each other clearly.
And don’t answer the phone “Shakey’s Pizza”. It’s not funny.

BosM's avatar

Be prepared for technical questions related to software testing methodologies and techniques. Also, be ready to discuss how you work in teams, your organization, time management, and communication skills as these are all important to that career.

Be honest, as a new graduate you don’t have alot of experience but if you are a hard worker you can stress that. Be sure to use active listening approaches, especially if you are unsure of the question, and also ask them if you have answered the question to their satisfaction or if they need you to elaborate.

Dress for the interview, remember to breath deep to control your nerves, speak clearly, be sure to thank them for their time, and show interest by asking about the next steps of the interview process. Good luck.

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selvana's avatar

You should have complete knowledge about the company and the role, should know your transferable skills and personal activities.
Your CV should include all your skills and experiences, take care of Your body language,smile and make eye contact….

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