What is a Pre-Interview and How Do You Prepare for It?

As someone on the job search, the hunt for the right position can be difficult. To succeed during a pre-interview, you’ll need to be prepared. When you meet with a recruiter, this is what is sometimes referred to as a pre-interview. The recruiter, your professional connection to a staffing agency, can determine your fate at their institution and on following interviews. You’ll need to make a great first impression in your pre-interview: here’s how.

Know Your Audience

Researching a staffing agency has never been simpler. Look up the website, and see if there’s specific skills they look for in candidates. For example, if you have a pre-interview with a company that recruits many drivers for trucking jobs, you’ll want to have your CDL to give yourself multiple options. Also, if you’ve been sent materials by the recruiter, give those a second look and take note of important details.

Presence – Even When You’re Not Present

Whether it’s a phone interview or an on-site meeting, you want to dress the part. Standard interview attire is required here: either a suit and dress shoes, or what you know will be appropriate. A good way to determine your interview attire is to get a feel for what workers at this company wear day to day, and dress one step above that. A suit will be necessary at a white-collar office, but if you’re seeking a construction position, slacks and a polo shirt are probably acceptable. Dress the part even if it’s a phone interview – it’ll help you get into the right headspace and will make you feel more professional.

The Pre-Interview Process

Even if you’ve never had a “pre-interview” before, don’t stress. It’s just a less formal stage in the standard interview process. The recruiter is looking to measure the same thing every hiring manager measures: if you’re a good fit for their organization. The staffing firm will ask questions about your qualifications and abilities, so don’t forget to sell yourself. You can also take this pre-interview as an opportunity to learn more about the listings this agency advertises. Take notes on any details, and prepare yourself to start as soon as possible to be the best person for the job.

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