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Screening and Interviewing Candidates

"Selecting qualified employees is like putting money in the bank." - John Boudreau


Human Resources will refer only qualified candidates - those possessing the required education and experience - to the College or Department for consideration. Most managers will also screen candidates to determine which ones will be offered an interview.

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Step 1

Develop screening criteria

Before reviewing applications and resumes, develop list of criteria against which all candidates will be evaluated.

Step 2

Review resumes and applications

Carefully review each candidate's experience and knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) against your criteria.

Step 3

Respond to candidates

  1. Send a thank you letter to those candidates who you choose not to interview.
  2. Call your prospective candidates. You may wish to conduct a phone screening to determine salary requirements, level of interest in the position, and/or other qualifications.
  3. Schedule the selected candidates for an interview. Tell them where to park, let them know what the interview process entails, and approximately how much time they should plan to spend.

Step 4

Prepare for the interview

  1. Choose an interview committee.
  2. Prepare questions exploring past job performance and covering position functions. These sample questions can help.
  3. You may contact your campus Employment Office for assistance in developing behavioral interview questions.
  4. Meet with the interview committee to review the questions and logistics
  5. Use the same interview questions for each candidate.


The employment interview is vital to the hiring process.  Successful interviewing requires preparation, attentive listening, and a thorough understanding of the job and the minimum required qualifications of candidates.  The Interview Guide can help. You can access the complete guide or use the links below to select the information you wish to review.