Commonly, large companies have their HR team vet potential candidates with an interview before letting them speak with department leads and managers.
It saves the company time and energy, allowing managers to spend less time hiring and more time managing. However, as a candidate, it also means jumping through yet another hoop to land your dream job.
Screening interviews are deceptively challenging and require quite a bit of preparation. So if you haven’t already, read Gearing Up for Interviews, and work your way through Steps 1 through 3 before proceeding with this guide. The screening interview relies on having firm foundation to build on.