Call Center Interview Questions and Suggested Answers

There are no right or wrong answers here because the answers would depend on who you are. The key is asking yourself the questions in advance and deciding on the answer before a call center interview.

One of the common problems I see is that people wait for the question before they start thinking about the answer. In a call center job, preparation is key and knowing a lot of the answers beforehand saves you a lot of time and makes you more credible when you give an answer.

I’m not recommending giving a memorized answer. I do recommend however that you know the gist or the main points of your answer before hand.

Don’t just give an answer. Learn to elaborate and expand about any of them. Remember to try to form a bond with your interviewer.

Here are some of the call center interview questions you need to prepare for:

Tell me something about yourself. Start with your name, where you’re from, what you did for work and something random like a positive trait or what you do on your free time.
What are your strengths? I recommend picking a few that’s job related or if you’re a bit more adventurous like me pick one that’s totally not job related and explain why it’s important to the job. I’m good at giving love advice to friends so I’m used to listening to a problem, asking for important details and offering solutions.
What are your weaknesses? You can pick a current one that you’re working on or a past one that you overcame. Always provide a solution to a problem. Your job whether they’re hiring you for customer service, tech support or sales is to provide solutions to a problem. Practice working on solutions to your weaknesses. Write it down so you can explain it better.
Why you want to work in a call center? I would like to upgrade to a higher pay. I know this industry has high turn over (or a lot of people quitting) and I figure that if I do well there’s an opportunity for me to get promoted and earn well. I don’t mind working night shift or weekends or holidays. I enjoy talking to people over the phone. I enjoy talking to foreigners and learning more about their culture (never say to improve your communication skills. If you do I’ll hunt you down and torture you and kill you slowly. Always be confident that your communication skills is good enough and is improving by the minute).

Here are some other questions:

Why should we hire you? Duh? Remember the activity in the early chapter where I asked you to list down positive stuff about yourself? Time to get creative and pick an answer.
What do you have that other applicants don’t? (What’s your advantage over the other applicants?)Pick one from a list. I suggest you pick one that you consider a disadvantage and frame it as a perk for them to hire you. I sometimes share a story about how I only had one year in college and had to go look for work at an early age. I thought about what I could offer as an advantage over degree holders. I noticed how a lot of people stop learning and updating their skills as soon as they earn their diploma. They’re graduates after all in their own words. So I worked harder than anyone I know at learning and updating. The Kevin they’ll interact with a year from now will be far different than the Kevin they’re seeing. I evolve by reading, attending workshops, being mentored and doing experiments. I pick up skills I’m interested in and I’m interested in picking up skills. Each skill I gain can contribute directly or indirectly to your team.
If you’re a nurse (call centers hate nurses because they’re the first ones to leave when they get offers to work abroad) tell them you’re used to night shift or difficult situations and if you’re not afraid of blood you’re sure you can take on providing solutions with TLC (tender loving care) over the phone.
If you’re a single mom tell them that being a mom is a full time job that requires two people and you were able to deal with putting out crisis on a regular basis. Being a first time mom requires learning and adapting to a lot of life and death situations and the fact that you’re still a mom can say that if you did that successfully teaching someone a solution over the phone is no sweat for you. Plus, taking care of a baby is mostly night shift. While you’re at it you can tell them that you’re going to get to see your little angel (or devil) more because you’ll be working at night and you’d get to play with them a bit after you wake up and he or she gets back to school.
Pick one and play with it. If you’d like to contribute your story to others, send me an email and I’ll post it. My email is kevinolega@gmail.com
Why shouldn’t we hire you? I don’t know. I think I’ve clearly explained that I’m a good match for the job because I’m (insert five to ten reasons) and I don’t really think I can prove that unless I start working for you. Seriously. Give an answer. Just throw them an answer.
You processed me for (x hours) if there’s someone better and you don’t have enough slots for the job and you’d like to take your chances on that person then by all means. But the fact that I got this far tells me that there’s something in me that you want in a call center agent/customer service representative/sales person/ or whatever the position is.
I don’t know. I think you’re more qualified to answer that question than me. You see I don’t have experience working in a call center but I made it this far. At the moment do yous see any reason why I’m not a good match?
Be creative and have fun. Be unforgettable.
What’s your expected salary? Be honest and creative here. I tell them how much I’m expecting. I know that the offer is around fifteen to twenty thousand per month and some additional perks. Did I get that correctly or do you offer more?
Why did you leave your previous work? Never tell them anything negative about your previous work. Tell them things you’d like to gain by working in a call center like higher pay. New and exciting opportunities. A new environment. Exposure to a different kind of people (young, positive, fun think of something).
Why would you want to shift to a different industry? Same reasons as above. It looks exciting. The pay could be better. It might be a perfect match for me because…You can think of your own answer.
Where do you see yourself five years from now? I heard the promotion in a call center if you’re not a job hopper is quite fast. In one or two years I could be a team leader or a trainer or a QA (quality assurance). I don’t know what’s next but I’m sure I’ll aim higher when I get there. I heard that unlike most local companies as long as I get my work done really well and I learn to lead there are opportunities for me here. I don’t know the details about this company. Is my expectation correct? (Smile and wait for your interviewer’s answer. You’ve sold yourself now it’s their turn to sell your company)
How do you manage stress? It’s simple. I smoke and I’m done. This was my previous answer. I don’t really smoke anymore. So I’m thinking of a better answer. I stay positive, think of solutions and understand that thing will turn out well and I have an opportunity to make things better. If you think that’s too much of a Miss Universe answer. Here are more practical answers. I take care of myself well. I go to spas and get massages. I make sure I play or party hard after I work hard (make sure you express that you don’t go drinking every night after work or do drugs). I sleep eight hours a day. Drink plenty of water and eat healthy food. I know these influences how my brain responds to stressful situations. It’s cliche but a sharp mind requires a healthy body.
What do you think is an advantage of working for this company? I like the fact that..It’s close to my house. Pays well according to the advertisement or I heard some good things about this company. Be honest about your answer. If you don’t know, tell them that you don’t know and start asking some questions. Asking questions show that you’re interested.

Spend some time thinking about these things. I recommend writing them down and ask yourself if your answers are good enough. If you were hiring yourself as a call center agent, would you pick yourself for the job. If not, what do you think would be a better answer?
In summary:
1. Ask yourself the questions.
2. Write down the answer.
3. Be honest and be creative.
4. Deliver with confidence and elaborate.
5. Try to form a bond with your interviewer by asking some questions.

How do you answer questions before. How will you answer questions now?


Thank you for reading. Take what you've learned further by applying what you learned right now. Another thing you can do is to email me your questions. callcentertrainingtips@gmail.com. I read each and every email.


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  • http://twitter.com/theplumpbitch Baninz (Rai/Nina)

    wow. this is awesome. You should’ve post this 2 weeks ago~ lol. At least now I know what to do if ever I’ll plan to walk-in again, the last time was the worst cause I was just walking inside a mall then someone approach us if we like to have a job with a good compensation and didn’t know that it was a recruiter from convergys then I failed to pass the initial interview, anyway I was just nervous then. thanks for all the tips <3

    • http://www.minimalchanges.com Kevin Olega

      I’m glad it helped. Let me know if there’s anything else I could help you with and I’ll see if I can write another post for you.

      • Kingromeo300

         may i know your no???

    • http://www.minimalchanges.com Kevin Olega

      Don’t worry about the loss there are more than enough opportunities for you. The most important is the experience. You’re not a call center interview virgin anymore so I bet you can do better on the next one.

  • catherine

    i had learned a lot of these..i even listed some tips that u were saying..i hope i can do it the next time i apply in a call center.

  • Guest

    Could you post some frequent questions about call center QA too? Thanks.

  • Chrishanz_17

    There are no right or wrong answers here because the answers would depend on who you are.

  • Markconos3

     this blog is great as it is.until now  i still reading this.i am still virgin  indeed to this kind of work.i am a computer programmer and i am willing to work in a call center industry..as of now..i’m preparing myself to this field..i anticipate that i myself can conquer all the hurdles that the interviewer might give to me..im sorry i not good enough using grammars…

  • Markconos3

    thankss pho..sir OLEGA sa blog it helps a lot.:)

  • Jaymie_aktas

    thank you so much,,,this post of yours is such a big help…  

  • Ytchan03

    love this site much super
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/cheri.cg Che Ri

    nice, thanks for this post.. i learned a lot.. i have a call center interview on Monday, this would help me a lolt….

  • Younis

    thank you so Much Kevin on monday a have an interview and this is a big Help for me. Thank you so Much!

  • markjamesconos

    Why did you leave your previous work? sir how about fresh graduate as me..?

  • malou

    Great help Bro.Kevin.. I am looking forward to apply as a call center agent after my graduation in April 5, 2013 in Makati. The call center companies that are in your list are actually my top 10 call center companies to apply. In fact, I had a surprise interview by an IBM company interviewer through walk-in but I failed. I was not really ready but I treasure the experience. Thank you for creating this site.

    • http://www.minimalchanges.com Kevin Olega

      Congratulations for being brave enough to start. Let me know if you need help in the future. I look forward to reading your story.

  • http://twitter.com/renjaj8 renjardariola

    thanks for this it will really help me a lot!

    • Kevin Olega

      I’m glad it did. Let me know if you need more help.

  • mich06

    Right now I’m so nervous.I experience call center interview before but I failed…huhuhu.I’m so still afraid to try again but I really wanted the job..and the problem is I’m not fluent speaking english.the question that stucks me is what isyour greatest profession in life??

    • Kevin Olega

      There is no skill you can’t learn with the right techniques and practice. :)