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The Screening Interview: One Step Closer To Your Dream Job

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Every company has its own recruitment process – some companies use recruitment agencies, while others have recruiters in-house. The recruitment process is often based on a specific Talent Acquisition (TA) strategy. These strategies might include tips on what type of talent to target, how to select certain candidates, how to interview chosen candidates, and when to hire.


The first milestone to nailing your dream job is the Screening Interview, most commonly done by the TA team. Once you have sent your application for your dream job, a member of the TA team (recruiter) will go through the applications and identify the CVs that fit the ideal candidate profile.

If your profile and application made an impression, you will be invited for a screening interview.  

Definition & Purposes

The screening interview could be a phone call, a video interview, or an in-person meeting. It’s usually organized by a recruiter to evaluate the candidate’s qualifications for an open position. This is typically the first interview in the hiring process.

During this interview, the recruiter collects information about the candidates’ professional qualifications, job skills, education level, interests, salary requirements, short-term and long-term career goals. The screening interview usually lasts around 20-30 minutes.

What Recruiters Are Looking For

During a screening interview, recruiters are checking to see if you fulfill three main factors:

  • Does the candidate meet the basic and the non-negotiable requirements for the job?
  • Does the candidate have the preferred qualifications, and any other skills that can be transferred over?
  • Will the candidate be an asset for the team?

Knowing the time frame of the screening interview and the recruiter’s goals is extremely useful, as this can help you consider how you can prepare for your next screening interview.

One Way to Do It

An important part of any job search is how you define and communicate your skills. Yes, examples are important, but the interviewers will take away keywords you use. Preparation before the interview is key. Take time to think about how you can inform the interviewer of your best attributes and most relevant work skills using memorable keywords related to the job description.

During a Screening Interview

Recruiters have a set of questions for the screening interview, and will ask each candidate the same questions. They pertain to the requirements of the position, skills, notice period etc.

Once they have gone through the standard questions, recruiters leave space for a free-flowing conversation, as it’s important for us to get to know the candidates.

10 Tips to Inspire Your Next Screening Interview

  1. Be yourself: be professional, genuine, and truthful.
  2. Be prepared: research the company, know the job you are interested in, and have some questions ready to ask.
  3. Show enthusiasm for the position and explain why you are interested in the job and the company; how do you see yourself progressing.
  4. Listen to the questions and try to respond clearly. Try not to go off to other topics. Allow time for the recruiter to speak as well.
  5. Focus on the positives. Sharing negative experiences with a former colleague, team, or former supervisor and the company itself, does not come across well.
  6. Do not share your age, gender, family status, religious and political views. Focus on your skills and what you can bring to the company.
  7. Speak in first person singular and try avoiding the use of “we”: “I accomplished…; I managed…”. Recruiters want to know what you have done, what you do, not someone else.
  8. Keep in touch with the recruiter and be responsive. Timely communication makes you stand out. You may even be considered for another opportunity (we have seen that happen!)
  9. Be on time for your interview. If for some reason you are late, notify the recruiter. For video interviews, make sure you are in a quiet place with good connection. Test links, sound, and video in advance, prior to your interview.
  10. Enjoy the process. Even if you do not get selected, learn from the experience and improve your approach next time. Remain proactive and positive. Feel free to check in with the recruiter for future opportunities.

Companies Hire Human Beings

Recruiters want to see who you are. Aim to find the sweet spot between demonstrating your personality and giving enough information to the recruiter.

Matches Made in Talent Heaven

Our recruiters’ job is to find the best talent for the positions we are hiring for. We aim for win-wins. Those golden moments where we find the ideal applicant for the team and the company. And the job is right for them. We care about your career goals and aspirations.

In an ideal world, what you are looking for is what the company has to offer. In an ideal world, we choose our new colleagues who will work side by side with us. This is the world we aim to create, where we matches are made in talent heaven.

We’re hiring! Check out our latest job openings if you are ready for the next step in your career.


About Tundi Balogh

Tundi has been working in Talent Acquisition at Welocalize for 7 years now. She started her career in the Data Transformation team, where she recruited for multiple roles and built teams in different departments. In the last 3 years, she has been championing her role as a Talent Acquisition Manager in the Corporate TA team.

Tundi studied Psychology, and she is passionate about people. She enjoys getting to know candidates and understanding their long-term professional and career goals. She doesn’t just want to make a placement, she wants to make a difference: a difference in Welocalize to have the right talent for the open roles, but also a difference in people’s careers.


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