The Stages of Interviewing

Not long ago the job search and interview process was a lot easier than it is today: locate a position through the newspaper classified advertising jobs section or on the Internet, answer the ad or job posting with your basic chronological resume, a few days later get a call from the hiring manager for an interview, answer a few fluffy questions about your background and experience, get a job offer on the spot for a higher salary than you were making, start work the next day.

As we all know, today’s job market it is quite a bit different from yester ‘year with employers being a lot more selective than they use to be in choosing who to interview. Today, if your resume makes it through the employer’s automated scanning program, you will more than likely receive a per-screening phone call, and if you pass that then possibly several onsite interviews.

Your goal during this time is to impress the interviewing employer with your knowledge of the position, with the way you speak of the job, and how your experience and achievements will benefit the company.

Every interview is going to be different in its own way, and have its own flow and personality as I like to call it. Knowing the basic stages of the interview process will help alleviate some of the stress of your job search, the angst of wondering what the employer is up to and help you Thomas Alvec present yourself with greater confidence.

Pre-Screening Stage
The purpose of this stage, which has become quite commonplace in today’s job market, is to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, if you appear to be a good cultural fit and if the company can afford you.

The per-screening and interviewing calls can come at any time and may be made by a lower level screener, a recruiter, the hiring manager, an automated interview system, or a “Skype” call where you talk with and respond to the potential employer through your computer web cam. Typical per-screening interviews can be less than 30 minutes or possibly longer depending on the depth of questions. There will usually be a review of your resume, your experience, background and current employment situation so it is important that you be prepared for a call like this at anytime.

If you are working with a recruiter be prepared to address the salary question. Remember, one of the primary objectives of the per-screening process is to determine if the company can afford you. This is not the time to tell to the recruiter your salary is “negotiable.” They will want a number or a salary range in order to keep the process moving forward.

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