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GUIDELINES FOR INITIAL TELEPHONE SCREENING INTERVIEWS

WHILE IT MAY not be necessary to conduct an initial telephone screening interview for every position, telephone screening interviews are relatively commonplace because they are extremely cost-and time-effective. They help determine whether a candidate possesses the basic qualifications for the position—beyond those that appear on the résumé. These basic qualifications might include a specific experience or knowledge base (such as dealing with the federal government), a willingness to travel extensively, salary requirements, and other “must haves,” or bona fide occupational qualifications (BFOQs).

In short, the telephone screening interview decreases the likelihood that you will bring candidates ...

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