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Hiring Hack: Boost Your Success Rate with Phone Screens

by | Jun 5, 2024 | Prescreening, Uncategorized

Are you tired of sifting through a mountain of resumes, only to end up interviewing candidates who don’t quite hit the mark? Well, there’s a secret weapon in your hiring arsenal that can help you cut through the noise and find your next superstar employee: phone screens.

Picture this: you’ve got a stack of resumes on your desk, and you’re not sure where to start. That’s where a phone screen can come in. These bite-sized interviews give you a chance to get to know candidates before committing to a full-blown in-person meeting. Plus, they help you weed out the candidates that aren’t the right fit early on, saving you time and energy in the long run.

Now, let’s talk about the million-dollar question: what should you ask during a phone screen? It’s all about getting to the heart of what makes a candidate tick. Think about the key skills and attributes you’re looking for in a candidate, and tailor your questions accordingly. Don’t be afraid to get creative! After all, the goal is to spark a conversation and get a sense of who the candidate really is.

Before you pick up the phone, take a moment to prepare. Review the candidate’s resume and jot down any questions or concerns you want to address. Also, ensure you’re in a quiet, distraction-free environment for the call.

When you hit that dial button it’s time to bring your A-game. Start by introducing yourself and setting the stage for the conversation. Make sure the candidate knows they’ll have time to ask you questions at the end. Then, dive into your questions, keeping the conversation flowing and engaging. Pay attention to not just what the candidate says, but how they say it. After all, communication skills are key in any role.

As the call wraps up, take a moment to jot down your thoughts. What impressed you about the candidate? What concerns do you have? Be honest with yourself and trust your gut. Remember, it’s not just about ticking boxes—it’s about finding the right fit for your team. Even if that means they may need a little extra skills training.

Last but not least, it’s important that you follow up with them. Whether it’s sending a quick thank-you email, a rejection letter, or scheduling the next steps in the hiring process, a little communication goes a long way. Plus, it shows candidates that you value their time and effort in applying.

And there you have it, folks—a crash course in the art of phone screens. So pick up the phone, dial in, and get ready to boost your hiring success rate!

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