Loyola University Chicago

Human Resources

Sample Telephone Pre-Screen Questions

Planning and Arranging the Telephone Interview
  • Schedule a interview phone call for no more than 30 minutes
  • Review candidate's application materials
  • Prepare questions
Conducting the Telephone Interview
  • Describe how the interview will be conducted with candidate
  • Ask questions pertaining to the resume (for example, questions about gaps in employment or change of professions)
  • Ask why the person is interested in leaving his or her current positions
  • Ask one or two technical questions about the job
  • Ask one or two questions that will help you determine the interviewee’s “fit” to your department and this position
  • Ask follow-up questions as appropriate
  • Explain to the candidate the next step in the selection process
  • Thank the candidate for their time
*Note: Phone interviews carry the same legal requirements as in-person interviews.