Pre-Screening Interviews

Interviewing is a crucial role in a recruiters job. While many recruiters might not take part in the actual interview process for a specific position, they do have the first initial contact with the candidate.  They are the person that first decides if the candidate should be passed onto the official interview process.  Therefore, recruiters must be prepared to pre-screen the candidate to see if they would be a good fit for the company.

A pre-screening interview is a good way to determine whether or not a potential candidate would be a good fit for your company.  Most recruiters originally get a candidate’s resume and from there have to determine if they should be sent through the process.  It can be difficult to be able to determine whether a candidate would be a good fit just by looking at their resume.  This is where a pre-screening interview is a good idea.

There are many different ways that recruiters can conduct pre-screening interviews.  If the candidate lives in the same area as yourself, you can hold a pre-screening interview at a local coffee shop.  This allows you to meet and talk with the candidate face to face and in a relaxed environment.  This can help you determine whether or not the candidate would be a good fit for the company.  It also allows for them to ask you any questions that they might have about your company.  If the potential candidate does not live in your area, you can always hold a pre-screening interview over the phone.

Getting the chance to talk to the candidate will enable you to get a feel for if they would do well in the interview process and be a good candidate for the job position.  It is important to have a set of questions set aside to ask candidates that will be good determining factors if they should go through the process.  Also, having knowledge of basic interviewing skills is also important.  So remember to pre-screen candidates before sending them through the interview process!



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