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How to do a job interview screening

April 14, 2015

When you’re looking for a new job, it’s important to always put your best foot forward and bring your “A-game.” Whether it’s through a phone interview, videoconference, or background check, most employers screen potential candidates. This helps employers determine whether it’s worth sending an individual to the next round of interviews.

A job interview screening is one of the first steps in the hiring process for employers. It typically consists of a series of questions that help hiring managers decide whether a candidate is a good fit and actually matches their job application.

If you’ve recently applied for a job and a hiring manager has mentioned getting in touch with you, there is a good chance they’re going to perform a job candidate screening.

Here are some tips to consider when preparing for a job interview screening.

Be prepared for the call

During the call, the interviewer is likely to ask you about your job history, salary history, transferable skills, and any inconsistencies on your resume. They may also ask you about how you found their company and why you applied for the job.

Make sure you’re ready to answer any questions they may have clearly and confidently.

Let your references know that you’re applying for jobs

According to CareerBuilder, 80 percent of employers contact references provided by candidates. Unfortunately, two-thirds of employers said, when they contacted a reference, the individual didn’t have anything good to say about the candidate.

Checking in with references can give you a fresh idea if the person is going to give you a genuine recommendation.

Monitor your social media profiles

When you begin your job search, make sure you remove anything from your online presence that could cost you the job. Some common reasons employers decide not to hire candidates based on their social media profiles are that they post inappropriate online content, bad-mouthed a previous employer, or lied about their qualifications.

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