The initial phone screen isn’t just a formality to confirm your candidate isn’t a total weirdo. Executed properly, this conversation is an opportunity to identify non-starters and, most importantly, to understand if this person truly is who their profile says they are. Your team of recruiters is going to be conducting these constantly and–in the interest of candidate experience and consistent assessment–it’s important to standardize these calls. Luckily, I happen to sit back to back with Entelo's senior business recruiter, Amina “Value-Add” Moinuddin, and learned that there are a host of questions you can ask candidates no matter what role you’re filling.
When it comes to building your team, perhaps no hire is more important than the one who is also ultimately responsible for building their own team. Making senior hires can be much more stressful than the average hire, as more is at stake and the evaluation process is longer and more comprehensive. Further, you're assessing this person not just on their own abilities within their field, but their ability to build and retain a team. As you start assessing team leads for positions demanding more varied experience, keep the following interview questions and assessment considerations in mind.