The following form can be used to guide your phone screening conversation and also serve as a place to enter you interview notes.

Candidate Name:                            

Candidate Summary:

Standard Questions

Are you currently employed?

Describe the duties and responsibilities of your most recent position.

Why did you leave this job? Or why are you looking for a new position?

What were your favorite duties?  What were your least favorite duties?

How much did you make last year? 

How much did you make in your best year?

What is your target compensation?

Additional Questions (To be determined from Benchmark)



Job Attributes





Rating (1-Best, 5-Worst)


Expressed interest in Position



Oral communication skills



First Impression






Likeability (warmth/rapport)



Adaptability (think on feet)



Listening skills



Candidate is articulate



Current Wage/salary in target range



Appropriate prior work experience




The Four Critical Steps to Hiring

  • Establish the Profile

    Make sure that you know what talent you are trying to hire. Start from scratch and take time to define the job rather than rushing and simply rehiring the person that you are replacing.    

    The Time Edge



  • Develop the Process

    Successful hiring depends on having real choices. Write advertisements that will attract a large pool of candidates and have a process so that heavy response levels don’t stretch your resources    .

    The Time Edge

  • Grade Candidates

    You can’t afford to rush the selection process. You need to have an effective screening process and evaluate candidate skills carefully in relation to the job profile you established.

    Edge Business Essentials

  • Evaluate and Execute

    It is essential to have a robust interviewing process. You need to have candidates interviewed thoroughly and then check references and do background checks.

    The Alternative Board