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Screening

Updated 06/17/2017

   PURPOSE: Resumes meeting the requirements and desired components for the open
                     position(s) have been identified. Next comes the Screening Interview.
                     This interview may be conducted in different ways with the objective to
                     verify the candidate verifies demonstrates through conversation that they
                     have they essentials for the open position at a minimum.

   
METHOD:  Often, the method of choice is a telephone screening sessions with the
                     selected individuals. A phone call to the person is often made without
                     prior arrangement to discuss details of their background. Should the
                     selected individual provide adequate responses to the screening questions
                     they are likely to be scheduled for an interview. 

   Tips for the Screening Interview:
 
  1.  BE IN A GOOD AND CONTROLLED PLACE TO TAKE THE CALL
     If you are driving, tending to an urgent matter, out shopping, at a party or other activity, place
     or event 
    WHERE CANNOT PROVIDE YOUR FULL ATTENTION TO THE CALLER AND THEIR
     QUESTIONS - REQUEST TO RESCHEDULE THE CALL
    .

     Apologize to the caller for not being able to take their call and explain your need to reschedule.
     Your apology will be well received along with your interest in you and them not being distracted
     during the call. This shows your professionalism and respect for their time. You do not want
     to be distracted during the call and you do not want the caller to be distracted by background
     noises and calls for "Price Checks" or "Specials of The Day" announcements.

     It is essential you have your notes to be available before you during the call so you can provide
     consistent information and not try to work from "memory" on a critical call and send a message
     that is inconsistent with your Resume.


  2.  ALLOW SUFFICIENT TIME TO BE PREPARED TO TAKE THE CALL
     Allow yourself sufficient time to complete your needed tasks, return home and ensure that the
     surroundings will be free from stray noises or distractions for you and the caller. Stray noises
     will distract your interviewer which will impact your call with them. You need to be  focused on
     the questions and your responses to be successful in this critical step.

  3.  KNOW WHICH COMPANY FOR WHAT POSITION THIS CALL IS FOR
     If you have an aggressive job search underway, it is easy to get companies and positions
     confused which, in turn, confuses the caller and impacts your image. A simple apology for
     having many things on your mind will excuse you asking this question and help you insure
     your preparation for their next call to you can be conducted under optimal circumstances
     to help you to "ace" the Screening Interview call

   Some changes in this process you may encounter:
  1.  AUTOMATED SCREENING AND INTERVIEWS
     Some employers, seeking to minimize expenses and having a documented record, have
     moved to an automated system for Screening and Formal Interview calls. These are often
     conducted using free videoconferencing tools available for desktops, laptops and mobile
     devices using high-speed internet connections. To avoid a problem, you generally want a
     connection of at least 3 Mbytes per second to avoid signal delays.

     Systems reported begin with an announcement then begin with the first question.  You
     are given a few seconds to collect your thoughts then the camera on your device is turned
     on and you're response is recorded using video and audio input. A time limit is generally
     imposed on your response. At the end of your time limit your message is simply ended.

     At this point you automatically move to the next recorded question for your response and
     the process repeats until all questions have been responded to.

     There is no reported means to delay, suspend or pause this process.


  2.  If you are informed you are scheduled for one of these sessions it is recommended you
     contact the person to get answers to the questions raised above to minimize your potential
     of negatively impacting your opportunity to make a strong good impression.

     
    There are many things which can go wrong that are beyond your reasonable control such as:
       a) power outage shutting down your device
       b) power outage shutting down your network device
       c) interruption of network service through any number of points of failure
       d) family or household emergency which can include:
            - directive by fire or law enforcement to vacate your property due to an emergency
            - severe weather conditions requiring you to seek immediate shelter and/or
               resulting in loss of utility services such as power and telecommunications
            - injured or sudden illness of a family member requiring immediate medical attention
            - a vehicle or bullet(s) coming into your residence
       e) disruption of service by their provider for the interview