Handle calls

To receive or place calls using the 8x8 Contact Center app, you must:

  • Be a member of the call queue to which the call is routed.
  • Set your status to Available.

What happens when I am offered a call?

If the application is open, the Phone tab blinks red, indicating an inbound interaction. Click to answer the phone, the end-user record opens in a browser tab, even if the 8x8 Contact Center app floater window is closed.

What is a typical inbound call flow?

  1. When a call is offered, the phone tab blinks red.
  2. If the caller is an existing customer, the end-user record opens in a browser tab, allowing you to preview the customer details and prepare to greet accordingly.
  3. Answer the call.
  4. End the call. The post-processing time initiates. This is your time to wrap up notes for the call.

    Note: Your administrator sets the post-processing timer. If the post-processing countdown interval reaches zero, 8x8 Contact Center automatically sets your status to Available.

  5. If applicable, click End Post Processing, or wait for the call to terminate.
  6. At the termination of the call, a call log is automatically generated and pops in a new browser tab. The call log typically includes information on the transaction ID, call initiation time, call termination time, call duration, and more.
  7. Mark the log complete by indicating the caller name and agent’s name.
  8. Click Work Offline if you need more time to complete any post-processing tasks or add notes.

What is the screen pop behavior for a phone call?

During an inbound call, the 8x8 Contact Center application looks up the phone number of the caller and then searches for a matching record in the CRM. On finding a matching record, it presents the record for you to preview and prepare for the call. This process is referred to as screen pop.

Based on your configuration settings, the screen pop can occur:

  • when a call/chat is offered (Inbound)
  • when a call is connected (outbound)
  • when a call is terminated

The search may return:

  • A single match: The matching record is presented in a new browser tab.
  • Multiple matches: In the event of multiple matching contacts, the 8x8 Contact Center app lists all matches in the Search tab. Click next to the desired record to view the details.
  • No match: In the absence of matching records, a call log is created.

What is the call log behavior?

Upon terminating a call, the 8x8 Contact Center app generates a call log. The call log includes information such as transaction ID, the time the call was answered, and the duration of the call. A call log is created for inbound and outbound interactions and automatically saved as an Activity. You can change the status of the activity to complete or any desired state.

Depending on the number of matches, call log can be linked to the end-user record as follows:

  • Single match: If there is a matching record, the call log is created and associated as an Activity to the record.
  • Multiple matches: In the event of multiple matching contacts, there will be no screen pop. The call log is created and associated as an Activity to the first record in the list.
  • No match: In the absence of a matching record, a message indicates the lack of a matching record. The call is logged.

How to place outbound calls?

You can place outbound calls using:

  • Control Panel: Ability to dial outbound calls from the control panel by simply entering the desired number in the Phone tab and clicking Dial.

  • Click-to-dial: Ability to click and dial the phone numbers from end-user records.

Choosing outbound phone codes

If your contact center administrator has set up phone codes, you have to select the appropriate codes to apply the right calling line ID to your outbound calls.

To select Outbound Phone Codes:

  1. Dial a number to call, and click Dial in the Control Panel.
  2. The outbound phone code list shows.
  3. Select a code from the list and click Dial.
  4. The calling line ID associated with the code applies to the call and the call dials out.