Question: When you hold a phone screening interview with a candidate, what are you looking for?
Response: I look for a few things. First of all, I’m looking for why you’re looking. I need to understand the driver or trigger to your search. Have you hit a glass ceiling, are you looking for professional development and growth, changes in responsibilities? Or possibly looking to leave a bad work environment? So I need to understand your pain point. Then I want to know what you’re looking for. I need to understand your professional aspirations and dreams, and then I compare that with the opportunity that I have. If we still have a match, then I push on to understand desired compensation levels, availability, and desired corporate culture / environment / team. The reason I’m calling you in the first place is I know you can do the work. The question is whether or not you’ll be a good match with the people and circumstances already in place.