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Chapter 2. Types of Interviews > The Screening Interview

The Screening Interview

In screening interviews, inappropriate applicants are “screened out” from becoming potential candidates. You can consider these interviews to be preliminary discussions and expect that many applicants will not be called back for a second interview. Your best approach is to consider it to be a screening interview from your side as well. This means that you will ask only general questions about the position and company. It is acceptable to ask what the salary range is at a screening interview, but detailed salary negotiation is not done until the selection interview, described next. Interviewers should always answer all your questions (even when they’ve made up their minds that you’re not right for the job), so if you really want to know more, ask.

Remember that the interviewer may get impatient thinking about all the other applicants waiting in the reception area. If you sense that the interviewer is trying to hurry you along, it’s probably a bad idea to push and continue asking questions. The time to ask more questions is during the selection interview.


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