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Phone Screen Interview Meeting Template

Use this template to get a deeper understanding of your candidate in order to see whether or not they suitable for the hiring position.

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What’s inside Phone Screen Interview Meeting Template:

1 The basics

Keep it simple and start with phone interview questions that verify information.

  • Can you describe your background?
  • Why are you looking for a new job?
  • Where are you in your job search process?
  • When could you start working?

2 Salary expectations

This is an important question to ask early because it sheds light on the candidate’s expectations and whether they are making more than what you expect to offer

  • What is your salary at your current job?
  • How much would you like to earn in this position?
  • Are there specific benefits that are important to you?
  • Would it be a deal breaker for you if we don’t offer _____ benefit?

3 Desire for the job

Evaluate their work style and interest in this job, along with their motivation for leaving their last one.

  • What reasons do you have for leaving your most recent job?
  • What attracted you to apply for this position?
  • Describe your current job responsibilities.
  • What motivates you in a job?
  • Do you have specific questions about this role?

4 Knowledge of the company

These give you a clue about whether the interviewee took the time to do some company research.

  • What attracted you to our organization?
  • What do you know about our products or services?
  • Do you use our products or services?
  • What size firms have you worked in (small, medium, large), and do you have a preference?

5 Issues with the resume

Be sure to raise any concerns or red flags that came up when you read the job candidate’s resume and cover letter.

  • What skills have you recently gained or strengthened?
  • How are your skills a match for this job?
  • What did you do during the yearlong gap in your employment? (If they have an employment gap.)
  • Did your internship at _____ give you specific experience to apply to this job? (If they’re a recent college graduate.)
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