In recent months, a growing number of my clients are getting follow-up e-mails from the internal and external recruiters, who conducted the initial phone interview, asking them to respond to specific questions. And, they request that those responses be e-mailed back to them in writing.
Behind the scenes, this often means the hiring manager is interested in your resume, has qualified candidates but needs more detailed information about your background and experience before deciding whether to interview you face-to-face.
As a candidate, this request is ideal. You get the opportunity to take the time to carefully craft your responses. Consider them as an addendum to your resume.
- Give them solid proof of your experience by including specific examples.
- State the result first then briefly indicate how you achieved it.
- Keep your responses short and to the point.
And remember, this is also gives them an example of your written communication skills. So take the time to carefully proof-read and spell check your responses before e-mailing them.
Review these questions carefully when you prepare for your subsequent interview. They may indicate what’s really important to the hiring manager too.
And, finally, think about whether you should add this information upfront in your resume.