The Pre Screening interview is designed to help the recruiter eliminate as many unsuitable candidates as possible before they put aside a whole lot of time to interview people face to face. Considering the fact that the pre screen interview is usually conducted over the phone in just 20-30 minutes, there is only enough time to ask about 5 key questions. The way you answer these 5 questions will determine if you make it through to the next important round.
Remember there are 2 exploratory questions you are likely to be asked first.
- Do you remember applying for this role?
- Where are you at with your job search process?
These are often asked up front to discover if you are truly interested in the role or if it is just one of many other jobs you have applied for. They are also looking to see how many other roles you are in the running for and how desperate you are to leave your current job.
To see our prepared answers for both these screening questions have a look at the post here:
Five Pre-Screen Interview Questions You Need To Nail:
The following questions are extremely common for the pre-screen interview process so make sure you can clearly explain your answers with confidence.
1. What is is about this company/this role that particularly interests you?
This is where all your company research pays off. Make sure your answer is very specific, especially in relation to the role and the company itself. Take your cue from the job description and mention things about the company that you learnt from your research.
A sample script you can follow would sound like:
2. What are your goals for your next role/next 3 years?
This is actually a good question for the candidate. It gives you the opportunity to explain to the interviewer why you are the perfect person for the role.
A sample script would follow along these lines:
3. What is your ideal work environment?
This is a tricky one because you may not know much about the company culture or their preferred work style. Do some homework and find out as much as you can about the way the company works. There are some quick and easy ideas here:
- 5 Sneaky Ways To Research A Company’s Culture
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If you have done your research properly, you should know if the company you are applying to is large or small. Use the tips on the pages below to help you identify things about bot environments that really appeal to you and use those points in your answer.
At the end of the day, you are only going to be happy in a company if that environment suits you. You can adjust the truth to describe the company you are targeting, but don’t outright lie because you will only end up miserable in the long run.
4. What are your salary expectations?
This is a question that is not really brought up too much until the latter stages of the recruitment process however it is common during a pre-screen interview. The recruiter would like to know if you are roughly in the salary range they have in mind. You do not need to give a definite figure but it is a good idea to provide a basic range. There is a prepared answer you can cut and paste in the post below. Just update the basic numbers with the ones for your industry.
5. When are you able to commence in a new role?
Even if you are super keen to start, you don’t want to come across as too desperate. Have a look at the post below. There are 3 prepared answers you can use depending on whether you are employed already or not.
The pre screen interview is at the very early stages of the recruitment process but that does not mean it is not important. Be prepared to answer the questions above and make sure your voice is relaxed and steady. There are some great tips and tricks on the page below to help you sound confident and polished. Check them out if you get a chance.