Pre-screening interviews, whose function is to determine the minimum requirements for an advertised position, are becoming very popular in Ireland. Usually these interviews are conducted either over the phone, by a recruitment agency or a brief meeting with an in house recruiter.
The advantage for a prospective employer is that these pre-screening interviews immediately narrow down the field of prospective candidates by focussing on those who pass the first hurdle.
How long does it take?
Normally a pre-screening interview will take no more than 20-30 minutes.
What type of questions will be asked?
Usually questions asked relate to your experience relevant to the job, why you want to move, why you would like to work for your prospective employer and what you know in general about the job on offer and what initial research you have conducted on the company.
Often the interviewer will hone in certain aspects of your CV which they find particularly interesting and they may choose to ask you more about your qualifications.
Pre-screening interviews are a type of filtration system for hiring managers. The danger from your perspective is to treat them casually as they are often presented casually as a “wee chat”.
The old adage of “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail” is particularly relevant in regards a pre-screening interview.