Many times, the job interview process will start with a basic “screening” interview. Generally, the employer asks everyone the same set of questions which are designed to determine:
- The applicant’s level of interest
- If the applicant’s interest is supported by preparation for the interview
- A basic assessment of skills associated with the job, especially soft skills
As with all interviews preparation for a screening interview is critical. Candidates should never assume that this is “just a few questions.” Lack of preparation will show up and likely result in the applicant not being invited for higher-level interviews.
Here are the basic things to prepare for:
- Knowledge of the company and job requirements
- Ability to provide specific examples to support skills the applicant wants to highlight.
- Preparation for the following questions:
- Tell me something about yourself.
- What do you know about x company?
- What do you know about the job requirements?
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- Provide examples for things such as communication skills, teamwork, customer service.
- Be able to ask substantive questions about the job or company.
UNT’s Big Interview platform has an excellent set of practice questions under the Practice>General category.