Everything you need to know about a screening review

A screening job review also known as a first-cut job interview is an interview aimed at weeding out all applicants and leaving the ones that are best qualified for the job. Below we uncover what you should expect from a screening review and how to prep yourself.

Use of technology

More often than not, screening reviews are carried out via technology. Screening of applicants can be done over the phone, Skype, webcam, etc. Recruiters rely on technology because it’s a cost-cutting strategy that ensures that the applicants are not under-skilled or overpriced before the business invests a lot of time talking to them in the second interview. Live screening review s can still happen, and they typically take place at the employer’s office, job fairs or the independent career services.

The screener passes the qualified people to the final selections

The person carrying out the screening review is usually an employee at the human resource department or an independent recruiter. The person in charge of making the final selection is the one with the hiring authority. Most of the time, the hiring task is usually left to the department manager to whom the qualified candidates report.


What you will be asked during the review

Screeners are not concerned with your thinking process or personality; they gather facts on your education, experience, skills and track record to ensure that you have the minimum qualifications for the job so you can be on the approved list and waved on to the next review level. You will be asked questions about your job history, salary requirements, job skills and queries about any inconsistencies in your resume such as job history gaps. Ensure that you keep your answers short and straightforward. Save any other information in regard to your personality and work ethics for the selection interview.

There are many job seekers and not enough jobs. As such, most companies typically get many resumes and a screening interview is one of the ways of getting the best suited candidate for the job. Knowing what to expect from a screening interview will help you prepare and get you to the next selection step.

What to do when you are overqualified for a job interview

You have been a duteous job seeker for a while now and finally, you have got a job offer that you could probably do with your eyes closed. But halfway through the job interview, the employer utters the one word you have been dreading-‘overqualified.’ Nonetheless, you really need this job. Here is what you should do if you are overqualified for a job.

Be honest

At some point, your interviewer will notice that you are overqualified for the position and there is nothing wrong in stating so. If you don’t mention it, the hiring manager will. So ensure you have an answer ready when you are asked the question. Maybe your new position will give you a more flexible schedule so you can have a better life-work balance or maybe it’s a job within a company that you have always dreamed of working for. Whatever the reason, be honest about your intentions.

Focus on how you can help the company

The massive amounts of skills you have garnered over the years in the workforce can either help you or hurt you during a job interview. It’s up to you to showcase your skills and then explain how they will be beneficial to the company. Maybe you helped your company achieve a merger with huge cooperation or you helped salvage your company from bankruptcy. Research the needs of your prospective company and show how your expertise can meet these needs.

Modify your resume

Most people tweak their resumes, so they can look more qualified than they actually are. In your case, you are already qualified so you need to trim down some of your qualifications and previous experiences so you can appear qualified for the job, not overqualified.

Make a commitment

The biggest fear most potential employers face is that if they hire an overqualified person he or she could bolt immediately they spot a more suiting offer, or they could get bored with their job, causing the company to start the hiring process all over again. This is obviously time-consuming and wasteful in terms of resources. Ensure you don’t plan on leaving or you can sign a contract confirming that you will work for them for at least 12-18 months.

Presently, there are very few job offers and very many job seekers. This has caused employers to shy away from hiring overqualified people for writing reviews, for example, and hold out for the ideal candidates instead. In spite of your massive work experience, you can don’t have to give up on your dream job just yet. Being tactful during your interviews is a step in the right direction.