Phone Screen

30 minutes The goal of the phone screen to find out if the candidate is the right fit for the company and the team based on salary expectations, role and responsibilities, skills required, potential interest, and communication skills. It’s also important to understand what they’re passionate about and if it aligns with our goals.

Product Designer

Compentencies Evaluated

Questions to Ask

  1. Give me a little bit about your background.
  2. What are your career goals? What don’t you want to do? / What are your goals? What are you looking for?
  3. Walk me through your design process at your current role/day-to-day?
  4. How do you know when your designs are done?
  5. How do you continue to advance your design knowledge? / How do you learn?
  6. What are the roles of PED, how does a successful team work?

Questions Repository

Phone Screen Questions

Record Answers & Notes

Google Form Template

Compentencies Assessment

Since this is such a high-level call, keep your scoring system simple (Yes, No, Uncertain). Do you believe the candidate as the outline compentencies?

Scorecard Example

Product Designer - Phone Screen Scorecard

Next Steps

If the candidate has an excellent resume, portfolio evaluation, and phone screen, move them straight to the background interview to keep committment level a bit lower and have more time to sell. Go to Background Interview

If the candidate is interesting but there is still uncertainty in some areas, proceed with the portfolio presentation to get additional depth of their capabilities. Go to Portfolio Presentation

Otherwise, pass on the candidate and email them thanking them for their time.