The saying goes, as soon as your resume is posted on a job
board or entered into a database, be ready for a call from
a company, institution or recruiter.
The call could be setting up a private time. It could also
be checking into your availability and suitability for a
Sometimes, and I have experienced it myself, a recruiter
leaves a message to call. Then the first question that is
asked is “why did you call?” believe it or not.
What is your reply? A lame– because you left a message,
or do you construct your response to reveal your motivation
and character in a tough job market. The interaction points
out that there is a possible match and you want to reveal that
if the position is not for you, you might find it attractive to
people in your network.
John Shinal in FINS wrote about questions people should
have the response in mind when speaking with a recruiter
on a screening type interview for professionals.
Three others that resonated with me were:
1. What are three words that describe you? (attributes)
Shinal points out the obvious. Consider not only specifying
the words but also having examples (short stories) demonstrating
2. What is the most significant accomplishment in the last
year? Confidently describe the problem you solved, the
project you started and made progress on or completed,
or the new idea that provided a return on investment.
3. What position do you seek next? In this reveal what
motivates you to pursue your ambitions– challenge,
working with customers, a particular therapy, advancing
a technical solution to a problem. Indicate your energy and
enthusiasm for this position.
There are other questions that will “pop up” relating to
verifying information on your resume or web-page or
LinkedIn.com profile page. These are no accident and
the usual purpose behind a screening interview…