What is screening?
Screening is a process that helps filter candidates before the primary interview. Limited timing and a clear set of questions that require simple and quick answers allow the interviewer to relatively accurately determine whether the candidate is, in general, suitable for the open position or not.
Thus, the main screening task is to confirm that the person meets the basic requirements of the vacancy and is ready to start work at the agreed time and within the approved salary range. Plus, it is essential at this stage to check the integrity of their resume’s data and evaluate their soft skills, such as overall adequacy, logic, consistency of judgments, etc.
Screening is usually conducted by the recruiter, as opposed to pre-screening, which is conducted by the sourcer and is a preliminary candidates’ selection based on the results of their resumes and pre-screening questionnaire with brief pre-screening questions, or, sometimes, pre-screening interview.
In recent years, screen interviews are often led online, by video calls, or by phone. Before setting up the meeting for the candidate, the recruiter identifies what questions to be asked at the interview, prepares the list of crucial markers they will note in the candidate’s answers, and carefully analyzes the pre-screen materials on the candidate prepared by the sourcer.
Markers for each vacancy and company are their own. They are based on the skills and values associated with the company and the job. These should be tracked as a checklist that will show if the candidate is suitable for the role and whether further interviews should be scheduled or not.
For example, if the role requires teamwork, this is one of the markers. While the candidate describes their previous place of work, it is worth paying attention to how they define their relationships with their colleagues, what tasks they liked to perform more than others, and why.