Different Types Of Job Interviews

There are a number of different types of job interviews, all of which require a slightly different strategy. There is of course the traditional one-on-one job interview, usually with the manager of the particular position. In this format, the interviewer will have prepared a number of questions about your strengths and weaknesses based off of your submitted resume.

Branching off from here, there are also panel interviews. In this type, a panel of employees interviews one candidate. The panel can be made up by members of human resources, management, or even peer-level employees. This method can save time and allow for each member to ask different types of questions that relate to their respective positions.

Behavioral interviews revolve around how a candidate will perform in a certain position. The interviewer will ask questions based on frequent situations that occur on the job. It is often a test of problem solving, so an interviewer could for example ask how you dealt with a customer who acted a certain way. Behavioral interviews can also be replaced in the form of a multiple-choice test, which asks a series of questions to get an idea of the applicant’s personality and problem solving techniques.
Group interviews are generally the opposite of a panel interview. In this case, several applicants are interviewed at once. This is a common tactic when a company receives a great number of applicants. Group interviews are a quick way to prescreen candidates. It also allows for applicants to see if they want to work there. In many cases, group interviews begin with a presentation about the company. After that, each candidate may get individual time to interview, or an employer may choose to interview a panel of candidates at one time. A key to acing this type of interview is knowing that the employer wants to observe how you interact with the other candidates in the interview. A short group interview will reveal if you give orders or take orders, so be aware of your interactions with other group members.

Phone interviews are becoming an increasingly popular way for companies to screen applicants. Often a way to determine if they want you to come in for an in-person interview, the phone interview is usually brief and consists of general and behavioral questions. It is also used when candidates are not locally based. Employers usually schedule a time for a phone interview. It is fine to ask them to reschedule though if they call unexpectedly. Find a quiet place, and don’t eat, drink, or chew gum on a phone interview, as this can be very distracting.

Lunch or dinner interviews are a common setting for second or final interviews. You may meet more of the staff in this type of interview since it is a way to see how you will fit in on the team. The company will always treat you to the meal, so there is no need to offer to pay. Don’t order the most expensive entrée though and never take home leftovers. The lunch interview is not about the food, so order something that is not messy and allows for small bites so that you can talk. Be yourself and let your personality show in this more relaxed setting.

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