Call Center Job Description and Agent Requirements

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While there is no single virtual call center job description, because every company has different requirements for its agents and for each position type, there are certain assets that a call center applicant can bring to the job. Now, there are a few very basic qualifications that almost every call center company would require. Notably, home call centers often have stricter requirements than office-based ones.

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Basic Call Center Job Requirements

Must Be 18 Years Old

Home call center companies will not hire minors, for the most part, though a few office-based ones will.

Must Have a High School Diploma

A GED is usually acceptable. Some companies may prefer a college degree or at least some college education.

Customer Service Experience

Virtual call centers usually want some experience in customer service, but this can be in retail or a non-phone job. In-office jobs may hire someone with no work experience, but home-based jobs rarely will take that chance.

Legally Able to Work in the Country You Reside

Home call centers that hire independent contractors may not require this. But employment call center jobs -- both virtual and office-based--usually do.

Good Speaking Skills

This means good grammar, very little accent and a pleasant way of dealing with people.

Pass a Criminal Background Check

Home call center agents must pass a background check (which could also include a credit check too). A few companies ask candidates to pay for these, but most won't.

Complete an Online Assessment Screening

Many companies will make applicants undergo an online test before they can submit an application. These may be personality or skill tests or both. This might include a voice test or a sample call, possibly a phone interview.

Additional Skills Required for Call Center Agents

These may be required by some call center companies, or they may simply be preferred. Keep in mind that the more narrow the requirements for the job the more it likely pays – see more on call center pay.

  • Previous call center experience
  • Sales experience
  • Computer skills such as an understanding of Microsoft Office, email and chat technologies
  • Word processing at a certain number of words per minute
  • Bilingual skills
  • Good math and writing skills
  • Specialized skills, training or licensing (nursing, insurance, IT, etc.)
  • Knowledge or experience in the company’s industry
  • Some college or a college degree

Virtual Call Center Agent Only Requirements

  • Meet specific home office requirements
  • Purchase of specialized equipment like a headset
  • Ability to travel to a certain location at times
  • Residency in a certain area (even for jobs that don’t require travel)

If you think you have what it takes to work as a call center agent, check out this list of call center jobs.