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Updated 01/24/2017

  Screening interview may be via the phone,
  via video link or sometimes in person.  Your
  goal is to survive this examination by giving
  them the confidence you are a likely job
  candidate for the job to move forward with.

  Expect questions about your background,
  how you work with others, challenges that
  you have solved, and the like.

  1. Top 10 screening interview questions with answers In this file, you can ref
      interview materials for screening such as, screening situational interview,
      screening behavioral interview, screening phone interview, screening interview
      thank you letter, screening interview tips … Other useful materials for
      screening interview:

 2. Tell me a suggestion you have made that was implemented in this screening
     field?  It's important here to focus on the word "implemented."  There's nothing
     wrong with having a thousand great ideas, but if the only place they live is on
     your notepad what's the point?  Better still, you need a good ending.  If your
     previous company took your advice and ended up going bankrupt, that's not
     such a great example either.  Be prepared with a story about an idea of yours
     that was taken from idea to implementation, and considered successful.

 3. What experience do you have in this screening field?  Hopefully if you're
     applying for this position you have bags of related experience, and if that's the
     case you should mention it all.  But if you're switching careers or trying
     something a little different, your experience may initially not look like it's
     matching up.  That's when you need a little honest creativity to match the
     experiences required with the ones you have.  People skills are people skills
     after all, you just need to show how customer service skills can apply to
     internal management positions, and so on.

 4. What is your greatest weakness?  This is a challenging question -- as if you have
    no weaknesses you are obviously lying!  Be realistic and mention a small work
    related flaw.  Many people will suggest answering this using a positive trait
    disguised as a flaw such as "I'm a perfectionist" or "I expect others to be as
    committed as I am."  I would advocate a certain degree of honesty and list a true
    weakness.  Emphasize what you've done to overcome it and improve.  This
    question is all about how you perceive and evaluate yourself.

 5. What challenges are you looking for in this position?  A typical interview
     question to determine what you are looking for your in next job, and whether
     you would be a good fit for the position being hired for, is "What challenges are
     you looking for in a position?"  The best way to answer questions about the
     challenges you are seeking is to discuss how you would like to be able to
     effectively utilize your skills and experience if you were hired for the job.  You
     can also mention that you are motivated by challenges, have the ability to
     effectively meet challenges, and have the flexibility and skills necessary to
     handle a challenging job.  You can continue by describing specific examples of
     challenges you have met and goals you have achieved in the past.

 6. Have you ever had a conflict with a boss or professor?  How was it resolved?
     Note that if you say no, most interviewers will keep drilling deeper to find a
 The key is how you behaviourally reacted to conflict and what you did
     to resolve it.  For example: “Yes, I have had conflicts in the past.  Never major
     ones, but there have been disagreements that needed to be resolved.  I've found
     that when conflict occurs, it helps to fully understand the other person’s
     perspective, so I take time to listen to their point of view, and then I seek to
     work out a collaborative solution.  For example . . .” Focus your answer on the
     behavioural process for resolving the conflict and working collaboratively.

 7. What do you know about us?  Follow these three easy research tips before your
     next job interview:
      1)  Visit the company website; look in the “about us” section and “careers”

      2)  Visit the company’s LinkedIn page (note, you must have a LinkedIn account
           — its free to sign up) to view information about the company

      3)  Google a keyword search phrase like “press releases” followed by the
           company name; you’ll find the most recent news stories shared by the
           company Remember, just because you have done your “homework”, it does
           not mean you need to share ALL of it during the interview!  Reciting every
           fact you’ve learned is almost as much of a turn off as not knowing anything
           at all!  At a minimum, you should include the following in your answer:

           1.  What type of product or service the company sells
           2.  How long the company has been in business
           3.  What the company culture is like OR what the company mission
                statement is, and how the culture and/or mission relate to your values
                or personality

 8.  Why do you want to work with us?  More likely than not, the interviewer wishes
      to see how much you know about the company culture, and whether you can
      identify with the organization’s values and vision.  Every organization has its
      strong points, and these are the ones that you should highlight in your answer.       For example, if the company emphasizes on integrity with customers, then you
      mention that you would like to be in such a team because you yourself believe
      in integrity.  It doesn’t have to be a lie.  In the case that your values are not in
      line with the ones by the company, ask yourself if you would be happy working
      there.  If you have no issue with that, go ahead.  But if you are aware of the
      company culture and realize that there is some dilemma you might be facing,
      you ought to think twice.  The best policy is to be honest with yourself, and be
      honest with the interviewer with what is it in the company culture that
      motivates you.

 9.  Why should the we hire you?  This is the part where you link your skills,
      experience, education and your personality to the job itself
.  This is why you
      need to be utterly familiar with the job description as well as the company
      culture.  Remember though, it’s best to back them up with actual examples of
      say, how you are a good team player.  It is possible that you may not have as
      much skills, experience or qualifications as the other candidates.  What then,
      will set you apart from the rest? Energy and passion might.
 People are
      attracted to someone who is charismatic, who show immense amount of energy
      when they talk, and who love what it is that they do.  As you explain your
      compatibility with the job and company, be sure to portray yourself as that
      motivated, confident and energetic person, ever-ready to commit to the cause
      of the company.

10. What kind of salary do you need?  A loaded question.  A nasty little game that
      you will probably lose if you answer first.  So, do not answer it.  Instead, say
      something like, "That’s a tough question.   Can you tell me the range for this
      position?"  In most cases, the interviewer, taken off guard, will tell you.  If not,
      say that it can depend on the details of the job.  Then give a wide range.

11. Useful materials for screening interview:

12. Do you have any questions to ask us?  Never ask Salary, perks, leave, place of
      posting, etc. regarded questions. Try to ask more about the company to show
      how early you can make a contribution to your organization like “Sir, with your
      kind permission I would like to know more about induction and developmental
      programs?” OR Sir, I would like to have my feedback, so that I can analyze and
      improve my strengths and rectify my shortcomings.

13. Top 6 job tips for screening interview (see details in next page)

14. Tip 1: Do your homework You'll likely be asked difficult questions during the
                interview. Preparing the list of likely questions in advance will help you
                easily transition from question to question. Spend time researching the
                company. Look at its site to understand its mission statement, product
                offerings, and management team. A few hours spent researching before
                your interview can impress the hiring manager greatly. Read the
                company's annual report (often posted on the site), review the
                employee's LinkedIn profiles, and search the company on Google News,
                to see if they've been mentioned in the media lately. The more you know
                about a company, the more you'll know how you'll fit in to it.

15. Tip 2: First impressions When meeting someone for the first time, we
                instantaneously make our minds about various aspects of their
                personality. Prepare and plan that first impression long before you walk
                in the door. Continue that excellent impression in the days following,
                and that job could be yours. Therefore:
                  • Never arrive late.
                  • Use positive body language and turn on your charm right from the
                  • Switch off your mobile before you step into the room.
                  • Look fabulous; dress sharp and make sure you look your best.
                  • Start the interview with a handshake; give a nice firm press and then
                     some up and down movement.
                  • Determine to establish a rapport with the interviewer right from the
                  • Always let the interviewer finish speaking before giving your
                  • Express yourself fluently with clarity and precision.

16. Tip 3: The “Hidden” Job Market Many of us don’t recognize that hidden job
                market is a huge one and accounts for 67% of total job demand from
                enterprises. This means that if you know how to exploit a hidden job
                market, you can increase your chance of getting the job up to 300%.
                In this section, the author shares his experience and useful tips to
                exploit hidden job market. Here are some sources to get penetrating
                into a hidden job market: Friends; Family; Ex-coworkers; Referral;
                HR communities; Field communities; Social networks such as Facebook,
                Twitter…; Last recruitment ads from recruiters; HR emails of potential

17. Tip 4: Do-It-Yourself Interviewing Practice There are a number of ways to
                prepare for an interview at home without the help of a professional
                career counselor or coach or a fee-based service.  You can practice
                interviews all by yourself or recruit friends and family to assist you.

18. Tip 5: Ask questions Do not leave the interview without ensuring that you know
                all that you want to know about the position.  Once the interview is over,
                your chance to have important questions answered has ended.  Asking
                questions also can show that you are interested in the job.  Be specific
                with your questions.  Ask about the company and the industry.  Avoid
                asking personal questions of the interviewer and avoid asking questions
                pertaining to politics, religion and the like.

19. Tip 6: Follow up and send a thank-you note Following up after an interview can
                help you make a lasting impression and set you apart from the crowd.
                Philip Farina, CPP, a security career expert at Manta Security Management
                Recruiters, says: "Send both an email as well as a hard-copy thank-you
                note, expressing excitement, qualifications and further interest in the
                position. Invite the hiring manager to contact you for additional
                information. This is also an excellent time to send a strategic follow-up
                letter of interest."

20.  Other job interview materials:
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           • 28 job interview guide
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           • 29 powerpoint presentation examples
           • 15 interview role play examples
           • Free ebook: 80 interview questions and answers pdf download
           • 25 interview scenarios questions
           • Top 10 biggest/strengths weaknesses in job interview
           • How to answer question: tell me about your self?
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           • 25 job interview do's and don'ts
           • 7 interview assessment forms
           • 27 interview advices
           • Top 20 closing questions/ closing statements
           • 9 interview evaluation forms/interview rating forms
           • 12 interview group/panel discussion tips
           • How to do interview introduction?
           • 18 scenario questions
           • 23 screening questions

           • Top 4 common interview rounds and how to prepare
21.  Fields and job titles related: Job titles related:
       screening administrator, screening advisor, screening analyst,
       screening assistant, screening associate, screening clerk, screening consultant,
       screening coordinator, screening controller, screening engineer,
       screening executive, screening manager, screening officer,
       screening representative, screening specialist, screening supervisor,
       screening support, vp screening, screening director, screening leader,
       screening technician, entry level screening, senior screening,
       junior screening… 

       The above interview questions can be used for fields such as:
       accounting, administrative, advertising, agency, agile, apartment, application,
       architecture, asset, assistant, audit, auto, automotive, B2B, bakery, band,
       bank, banquet, bar, benefits, beverage, billing, brand, budget, building,
       business, cafe, call center, car, catering, channel, clinic, commercial,
       communications, community, construction, consulting, content, creative, CRM,
       customer relations, customer service, data, database, delivery, design,
       digital marketing, distribution, ecommerce, education, electrical, energy,
       engineering, environmental, equipment, erp, events, exhibition, export, F&B,
       facilities, factory, fashion, finance, fmcg, food industry, fundraising, furniture,
       gallery, golf, grants, grocery, gym, healthcare, help desk, hospital, hospitality,
       hotel, housekeeping, housing, HR, HSE, HVAC, ICT, import, infrastructure,
       innovation, insurance, interactive, interior design, international, internet,
       inventory, investment, IT, jewelry, kitchen, lab, leasing, legal, logistics,
       maintenance, manufacturing, market, marketing, materials, media,
       merchandising, mining, mortgage, music, network, new car, NGO, NHS,
       non-profit, non-technical, OEM, office, offshore, oil and gas, operations,
       outbound, outlet, overseas, parts, payroll, pharmaceutical, pharmacy, plant,
       procurement, product, production, project, property, purchasing,
       quality assurance, R&D, real estate, records, recruiting, release, research,
       reservations, restaurant, retail, safety, screening, salon, security, service,
       shipping, social media, software, sourcing, spa, staffing, store, studio,
       supply chain, et. al.