Frustrated With The Interview Process??

Frustrated With The Interview Process??

As a professional recruiter who has been working recruiting professionals in the environmental, engineering and construction industries for over 18 years now at I have seen many extremely qualified candidates get frustrated with employers interview processes.

Each employer seems to have their own thought-out process; but for qualified candidates an initial Screening interview can be a frustrating and an unneeded step in the eyes of an experienced candidate.

Screening interviews have become more and more common in today’s economy as there are an unbalanced number of applicants per job position and employers no longer have the time for a traditional interview of all applicants. A screening interview is typically a pre-interview done to make sure the applicant is adequately qualified for the position they have applied to. This is usually a brief interview and often done over the phone or, sometimes, over a webcam before sending the applicant through to the rest of the interview process. It the screener’s primary task to make sure you are as qualified as you claim to be, are not overpriced for the position they have open and have been truthful on your resume.

While this is a general interview is typically done with someone other than the actual decision maker it is still vital to the process, as this is just first step of many. Don’t forget to treat the screener with the same respect you would to their superior as your attitude will likely be reported, whether good or bad. Overall, however they are not making a judgment on your personality, this is more about checking facts and selecting the best qualified to send through to begin the formal interview process. It is imperative that you are very familiar with any and all information listed on your resume and are prepared to confirm the facts listed. If possible you may even want to have your resume with you to refer to, if necessary.

The goal for a candidate in this step is to be respectful, communicate your experience, qualifications and genuinely express your interest in the opportunity. Always get the interviewers name, phone number and gain an understanding of the specific employers hiring process to be aware of what to expect and how to follow-up throughout the interview process.

Michael DeSafey is a leading executive recruiter for professionals in the construction, engineering and environmental industries. He is currently the President of Webuild Staffing ( . To learn more about Michael or Follow his Blog please visit