PNP Job Prescreening Interviews

Telephone Interviews

Often, employers identify more than enough qualified candidates for an open position, so they need to prescreen candidates. Telephone interviews are commonly used to screen candidates. You can eliminate yourself as a candidate if you seem unprepared for these interviews. Use of the telephone removes your advantage of reading body language to see how your answers came across to the interviewer, although tone will come through. Since you never know when you might be called for a telephone interview, you should begin to prepare as if you can expect such a call as soon as you apply for a position. Think about what questions you might be asked based upon the requirements of the position for which you are applying. Familiarity with the area code of the locations where you applied will allow you to screen the call if you are not in a situation where you can take it. It is better to let it go to voice mail and return the call.

In today’s competitive and cost conscious environment, interviewers are eager to achieve a high degree of certainty before they bring in a potential employee.  As a result, multiple telephone or video based interviews using applications such as Skype are becoming common place.  If you will join an online video interview, prepare yourself as you would for a face-to-face interview.  You will also need to be comfortable with the technology to ensure a successful connection.

If you are called for a pnp job telephone interview before you are fully prepared, try to buy yourself some time by telling the interviewer that you are not able to talk at that time, but you would like to reschedule the telephone interview. Click here to review Successful Telephone Interview Tips, and follow the same process as the on-site interview. Research the organization and the requirements of the position, so that you can prepare yourself for the questions you might be asked.  Ultimately, your goal is a face-to-face interview, so you don’t want to miss your chance to sell yourself as the best candidate for the position by not being prepared for a prescreening telephone interview.