Interview Tips

Screening Interview Tips

The initial screening interview is used to determine which candidates are most qualified and interested in an available position. This interview is also conducted to screen out applicants who are not a good match for the employer's needs. Qualified candidates who are not prepared for interviews may be screened out.

Screening interviews are often structured; i.e., the interviewer has a standard pattern of basic questions that she/he asks nearly everybody. Screening interviews are normally rather brief, lasting from 15 to 30 minutes.

The screening interview is most often carried out over the telephone and focuses on clarifying and confirming the information contained in your resume.

Following are some screening interview tips:

  • It is important to make a good impression on any telephone and face-to-face interviews.
  • Smile always helps you in every situation. Smiling will project a positive image to the listener and will change the tone of your voice.
  • Do keep a glass of water handy, in case you need to wet your mouth.
  • If you can't talk freely when you are called, arrange another time for the interviewer to call back - you need to be able to perform to your best.
  • Remember that even a "casual" telephone conversation may make the difference between being screened out or continuing in the selection process.
  • Have your application and advertisement close to the phone so you can refer to it during the interview.
  • Have blank paper and pen handy.
  • During the selection process always use correct phone manner when answering the telephone.
  • Think carefully about how you respond to each question.
  • Communicate your enthusiasm in your tone and words as the interviewer cannot see your non-verbal expressions.
  • As with all interviews, practice telephone interviews. Ask someone to call you and practice your technique with him or her.

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