A pre-screening interview is a series of questions that lets you learn more about a candidate before you conduct a more extensive interview or pass them on to your client. The pre-screening questions ask the candidate more information about their career goals, job preferences, abilities, knowledge, and more. Screeners don’t want someone who's unqualified making it through the pre-screening filter, but they also don’t want to miss a gem merely because she doesn’t have the same ego as her male counterpart. Pre-screening is an important information-gathering tool. When done well, it can help flesh out what’s not on a resume. Sometimes candidates focus so narrowly on the responsibilities listed in a job posting, that they neglect to include other qualifications they have that could put them over the top. Pre-screening also lets the job candidate understand the requirements of the position. Sometimes, it’s the job candidate who decides in a pre-screening interview that he's really not interested in a particular position.