Customer Service Telephone Scripts: Sample Script for Answering Phone Calls

Customer service telephone scripts

Handling phone calls effectively is crucial for any professional in this fast-paced world. To help you master the art of phone communication, we present an article with concise and practical sample script for answering calls. Enhance your phone etiquette and create a lasting impression on callers with these valuable tips.

Customer service telephone scripts help you achieve consistency in customer service on the phone.

Ensuring your customer service scripts follow a tone is important as it creates a holistic approach for your brand and keeps your message and tone intact.

How telephone calls are handled in an organization is one such process that can make or mar the organization’s reputation to potential customers.  Therefore, Proactive organizations should develop and implement scripts for customer service personnel to use in engaging customers at different service delivery points.

Etiquette for Using Call Center Scripts

There are guidelines to follow when talking to a customer over the phone. Your script for customer service must be geared towards creating a connection with the customer and ultimately providing a solution. This is mainly because every good call with a customer is an opportunity for that customer to advertise your brand, while for every bad call, the customer’s armed with all the ammunition they need to tarnish your reputation.

Etiquette for using phone script include but are not limited to

Answer the call friendly and promptly: Every conversation from your call center agent should start with a friendly, warm greeting. This doesn’t have to be scripted, an agent should be free to say whatever suits their personalities.

Show appreciation to the caller for calling the business, say your name and go straight to their inquiry: After the salutation, it’s usually advisable to appreciate the caller,

 "Thanks for calling XXXX today. My name is Jane and how may I help you?"

 This is a standard way to show appreciation to the customer for calling and starting the inquiry process.

Invite customers to explain their inquiry: The next stage is inviting the customer to explain their problem or inquiry. Your agent should not say anything here but the occasional “Okay.” to show they’re following and seldom reiteration to make a point clearer. This is a chance for the customer to vent their feeling and frustrations.

The next stage is for your customer agent to show empathy,

"Mr John I'm very sorry you had to go through that."

If there’s any part of the customer’s inquiry that’s unclear, this is the perfect time for the agent to seek clarification,

"Mr John if I understand you correctly you said..."

as they proceed to reiterating the inquiry and after a clear understanding, proffering solutions.

Let customers know when there’s a pause in the conversation or if they’re being kept on hold: If you have to hold the conversation for any reason, your agents should let the customers know and not leave them hanging. Also, if the customer is kept on hold longer than the agent expects, the call agent should drop in frequently and explain the reason the customer is on hold while also reassuring them.

Abandon the script when necessary: This may be contradicting given the title of the subheading, but it’s relevant all the same. A good customer service agent knows when to abandon the script. This may be a case where the inquiry isn’t covered in the script, the customer is extremely upset, you need assistance from another member of your team, etc. Often, scripts don’t cover these instances. So, when the need occurs, your customer service agent needs to be spontaneous and go off-script.

Take detailed notes: If you’re in the sales team or you’re cold calling, this is extremely important, especially if you have to call the person at a later time. Keeping detailed notes about the client could be the difference between landing that client and losing them.

Customers in general do not like to reiterate things. The importance of detailed note-keeping cannot be overstated.

Encourage Your Team to go off script: While this may seem sacrilegious, it’s not. treating customer service conversation scripts like doctrines that must be followed to the letter is wrong. This is because each individual is unique, and while their problems may not be unique, it’s important to treat each user as though they’re your only customer: and a rigid customer service script defeats this.

An inflexible script removes emotions from the response and leaves your customer feeling as though they’re unimportant.

Instead of forcing your support team to memorize their responses, encourage them to understand the problem and tailor their solutions accordingly.

Sample Customer Service Telephone Scripts

Here are some sample customer service telephone scripts for various stages of customer engagement to help you and your organization establish a standard:

When Potential Customers Call In

Customers and potential customers of an organization frequently call designated customer service telephone numbers to make inquiries about a company’s goods, services or operation.  Here’s a simple customer service telephone script to ensure customer service personnel are efficient at collecting relevant customer information while remaining friendly and professional.

  • Greet the caller (based on the culture of the organization or region e.g. Good morning, Hello)
  • Say the name of the organizations (e.g. ABC Industries)
  • Introduce yourself (e.g. Elizabeth speaking)
  • Find out why the customer is calling (e.g. How may I help you?)
  • Listen to the customer. Take note of key information. Repeat information to the customer to clarify if unsure.
  • Provide the requested information or offer to call the customer back when you have the information.
  • Thank the customer for calling. Add a pleasantry.

Customer Service Scripts Samples

[Opening Greeting]

Customer Service Representative (CSR): 
"Hello, thank you for calling [Company Name]. My name is [Your Name]. How can I assist you today?"

Customer (C):
"Hi, I have a question about one of your products."

"Of course! I'd be happy to help. Could you please provide me with the name of the product or any specific details you have in mind?"

"I'm interested in purchasing a new laptop, but I'm not sure which one would be the best fit for my needs."

"I can definitely help you with that. To find the right laptop for you, could you please let me know what tasks you primarily use it for? Are you more focused on everyday tasks, gaming, graphic design, or any specific software needs?"

"I mostly use it for work, so I need a reliable laptop for office tasks, but I'd also like to do some light gaming during my free time."

"Got it. For your needs, I recommend our [Laptop Model X]. It's a powerful machine with an efficient processor, suitable for both work and light gaming. It also comes with a dedicated graphics card, which enhances the gaming experience without compromising its productivity capabilities. Additionally, it has ample storage and memory for your files and multitasking requirements."

"That sounds great! But I'm also concerned about the battery life since I travel a lot for work."

"Absolutely, battery life is essential for travelers. The [Laptop Model X] is designed with a long-lasting battery that can provide up to 10 hours of continuous use on a single charge, making it an ideal choice for your on-the-go needs."

"That's perfect! One more thing, does it come with any warranty?"

"Yes, all our laptops come with a standard one-year manufacturer's warranty, which covers any defects in materials or workmanship. We also offer extended warranty options for additional coverage if you're interested."

"Great, that gives me peace of mind. I think I'm ready to make the purchase."

"Wonderful! I can help you with the order process right away. Could you please provide me with your preferred shipping address and payment method?"

[Completing the Purchase]

"Thank you for providing the necessary details. Your order for the [Laptop Model X] has been successfully placed. You will receive a confirmation email shortly, including the tracking information once the laptop ships. Is there anything else I can assist you with?"

"No, that's all for now. Thank you for your help!"

"You're welcome! If you have any more questions in the future or need further assistance, don't hesitate to reach out. Have a wonderful day!"

"You too. Goodbye!"

"Goodbye and take care!"


Answering Phone Calls Script

"Good morning/afternoon, thank you for calling [Company Name]. My name is [Your Name], and I'm happy to assist you today. How may I help you?"

If the caller introduces themselves or provides an account number:

"Thank you for providing your name/account number. May I confirm some details to ensure we have the right information before proceeding?"

If the caller is angry or upset:

"I apologize for any inconvenience you've experienced. I'm here to help resolve the issue, and I assure you we'll do our best to find a solution together."

If the caller is asking for specific information:

"Certainly, I'll be glad to assist you with that. May I ask a few questions to better understand your request?"

If the caller has a complex issue:

"I understand this might be a bit complicated. Don't worry; we'll work through it step by step together. Could you please provide me with some more details about the problem?"

If there is a wait time:

"I apologize, but we are currently experiencing higher than usual call volumes. Thank you for your patience. I assure you that I will assist you as soon as possible.

Customer Service Telephone Script (Example for Receiving Calls)

Here’s how the call will look when we put it all together:

“Good morning, ABC industries! Elizabeth speaking, how may I help you? *pause and listen*

We are open Monday- Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. We do not open on weekends but orders can be placed on our online site on weekends for delivery Monday morning. * pause & listen for more questions or requests*

Thank you for calling ABC industries. Have a great day!”

When You Call Out

Organizations often have to call out to customers to confirm orders or relay orders to partner organizations for delivery.  Here’s a simple customer service telephone script to ensure seamless execution of such calls:

  • Greetings
  • State name and organization
  • State purpose of call and provide necessary details
  • Take down relevant information
  • Confirm the information
  • Thank the customer for their time

Customer Service Telephone Script (Example for Calling Out)

“Good morning, this is Jonathan from ABC Inc.  I’m calling with respect to an order forwarded to your company for delivery from ABC Inc.  The order number is 09****101. Can you confirm if this order has been delivered to the customer? *pause and listen while the receiver responds* *Take note of information provided*

Ok, so the order just left the warehouse this morning? And the client should receive it by this afternoon? *wait for confirmation*

Thank you so much for your assistance. Have a good day”

When There Has Been a Service Failure

Service failures occur at times in every organization, from minor incidences of late delivery to all out failure to meet a customer request.  It is essential to establish a process for receiving or resolving customer complaints. Though most organizations use a feedback form, some customers may call in to report service failures.

Here is a simple script for reassuring unsatisfied customers and collecting relevant information to resolve customer issues:

  • Greeting and introduction
  • Listen actively while the customer relays the issues (take notes to ensure accuracy)
  • Confirm information provided
  • Apologize for inconvenience faced by the customer
  • Provide feedback/explanation if aware of the incident or offer to make inquiries/follow-up on the complaint
  • Apologize once more and thank the customer for calling or provide a timeline for getting feedback to the customer.

Customer Service Telephone Script (Example for Handling Service Failure)

“Hello, Tech Inc., this is Jeromy speaking. *listen to customer*

It has been over 2 weeks and you have not received your order? *confirmation*

My apologies for the delay Ma’am. May I have the order number so I can check our system. *Take order number, confirm customer’s name and details*

The product you ordered was shipped from overseas ma’am. Such products take 2 to 3 weeks to be delivered. *Wait for reaction or further questions*

My apologies that the customer rep that called to confirm your order failed to inform you of the longer delivery time.  The information is usually placed below the goods on the merchant site. You may also track your delivery on our website using your order number.

My apologies once more for any inconvenience. Have a good day.”

When You Want to Market Your Products/Services

Cold calling potential and existing customers is one commonly used strategy to promote a product or service.  However, the technique used to execute such calls may be the difference between gaining new business and being blocked as a spam caller.

Here’s a simple script for executing marketing calls:

  • Greeting and introduction
  • State how you got the customers number or inquire about your service the customer used already
  • Pitch your product/service
  • Thank the customer for their time.

Customer Service Telephone Script (Example for Cold Calling)

“Good day, my name is Jane and I am calling from Infomat Inc.  You recently completed our online business writing programme. I would like your feedback on the programme. Did you enjoy it? * wait and listen carefully to customer feedback*

I am glad you enjoyed the learning experience and found the content useful back at work.

I also want to use this opportunity to let you know that as a previous customer you are entitled to a 10% discount on subsequent courses. We also have a very practical email writing course that was just added. *Listen actively*

Thank you for your time, Sir. Have a good day.”


The telephone is a great channel for customer interactions and provides a convenient means for customers to provide feedback on the products or services of an organization, therefore forward-thinking organizations should invest in developing processes that ensure that customer service personnel are equipped to handle all customer telephone interactions effectively.

4 thoughts on “Customer Service Telephone Scripts: Sample Script for Answering Phone Calls”

  1. I love how you said to take key notes of information when you’re on a call with a client. It’s important that you know and remember what they’re telling you so that they don’t have to repeat themselves. It shows a lot of professionalism if you don’t have to call and ask about information that you forgot to write down.

  2. Good afternoon, my name is Gloria, I guess its hard when your use to saying a greeting a certain way , but now at my job we have a new Manager and he wants – Thank you for calling DE EZ PASS HOW CAN I ASSIST YOU, which is not hard but they want you to recap what you did for the customer and some times you can tell when that customer is in a hurry so I don’t have time to say it so I get dinged for it, could you write me some kind of script I can follow. I was use to getting 100% on my listening now I’m at 80% and that’s not good. Every one who hears me on the phone said I connect with my customer and all of my calls are good

    1. Hi Gloria,

      Thanks for reaching out! From your example, I can guess you are referring to inbound phone calls where you have to respond to phone calls from customers or clients..

      Actually, it is best practice to summarize the outcome of a phone call before thanking the customer for the phone call and letting the customer hang up.

      Reviewing a phone conversation with a customer means giving the customer a rundown of what you discussed, what you did for him/her, what will be done in the future, and what needs to be done on his/her end for his/her part.

      If you sense that the customer might be in a hurry, it is best to first set the customer’s expectation by saying something like – “Let me quickly recap your purpose for this call to ensure we are meeting your expectations” or “Just to clarify – “….you then proceed with reviewing the conversation.

      I hope this helps.

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