Filtering out the best, separating gold from dust. An illustration of a screening process.The first stage of a typical interview process, the screening interview, helps the recruiters to screen out job candidates who do not meet the basic job requirements (in terms of education, experience, personality traits, communication skills, motivation).

Whether they interview you face to face, over the phone, on Skype, or even using a virtual machine (pre-recorded interview questions), you will have to deal with the same questions every time.

Most of the questions (not all) are relatively simple, because our goal is to hear you talking, and HOW you speak is actually more important than what you say. Let’s have a look at some questions:


Common questions

Our viral article, 15 most common interview questions, will help you with good answers to the majority of screening interview questions.


HR managers are talking to a job applicant, everyone is in a good mood. Then picture illustrates a typical situation in an interview. Things we observe in a screening interview

An experienced and skilled recruiter can observe a lot of things while listening to your answers to the screening questions.

  • Your listening skills
  • If you speak to the point, or answer a totally different question (this happens more often than you can imagine).
  • Are you an introvert, or an extrovert? (we can see it from the way you speak, the way you look at the eyes, etc).
  • What matters for you the most in job and in life (your answers to simple questions about your education, experience and hobbies tell us a lot about the things that matter to you).
  • Are you a good fit for the position, considering your future colleagues, the working environment, etc.
  • Can the company count with you in a long run? (the way you talk about your past jobs and your career plans tells something about your loyalty and about other relevant things).
  • Are you honest to yourself and to the others? Are you humble, confident, over-confident? (answers to the questions about your strengths and weaknesses suggest that)

Every word you say, every gesture you make, tells something about you. Screening interviews makes sense. It represents an effective and relatively accurate form of a second selection in the hiring process (first selection happens when we consider the job applications of the people who applied for the job, and send invitations for screening interviews).

Prepare for the interview, show the right skills and attitudes, and progress to the next stage….