A telephonic pre-interview can help you determine if a potential candidate has the basic qualities you need for a particular position. I have always been amazed that no matter how clearly I word the requirements for a position I'm advertising, I have applicants call or email me that do not meet those requirements. If they have the required education/experience and the telephonic pre-interview goes well, you can go on and set up an interview and record the time and date on the Pre-Interview Form. Ideally, the applicant will email a resume and transcripts to you for evaluation prior to the interview; if not, they can bring them along.
The applicant should be instructed to arrive at least 15 minutes early for the interview, to allow time to complete the application. Your Employment Application must gather all of the information you need to capture from the applicant to be able to make your decision and must also inform the applicant of the basic requirements of employment (example--minimum age, transportation/driver's license, background checks, etc.). Allow yourself at least 5 minutes prior to the interview to review the application and understand a bit about the person you are preparing to interview.
Next week we will address the actual interview--stay tuned!
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