Prepping for the Phone Screen Interview

The phone screen interview is usually with a Human Resources Manager or Recruiter and is the first of at least two interviews. As the name implies, this interview happens over the phone (no need to dry clean your suit just yet.) The goal of this interview is to answer any questions the Recruiter or Human Resources Manager had when they were reading your Resume – and to make sure you aren’t a raving lunatic. Questions for this first interview are typically based around your Resume and could include:

  • Why did you leave your last job?
  • How did you hear about us?
  • How many years of experience do you have performing the tasks related to the job for which you are applying?
  • What drew to you apply for this position?
  • It looks like you worked at your last job for only 6 months and only 3 months in the job before that, can you explain why you left these jobs so soon?

If you have Boise, Fort Worth and Denver listed on your Resume for previous employers, be prepared to walk through all those moves. If you have a gap of employment, be prepared to explain that. This interview is more about the Recruiter or Human Resources Manager crossing their T’s before they recommend you to the Hiring Manager for the in-person interview.

To prepare for this interview, you must do these two things:

  1. Review your Resume critically and ask yourself, “If I was reading this Resume for the first time, what questions am I left with?” If you’ve only read your resume on a computer screen – now’s the time to print it out (or vice versa). Different reading methods can help highlight gaps, mistakes or problems that you may have otherwise glossed over.
  2. Familiarize yourself with the company. If you’re interviewing for a marketing or sales position, try and find their ad campaigns online.

Click here for some questions you should ask in this interview.

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