Employers use screening interviews to determine if there might be a match between the candidate and the position. Generally they will not make a hiring decision based upon the screening interview but will narrow the candidate pool to the top candidates for a more indepth, on-site interview. The typical screening interview lasts 30 to 60 minutes and may be over the phone or in person.
Screening interview format:
- Welcome and introductions
- Small talk
- Interviewer describes company and job
- Questions for the interviewer
- Questions for the candidate