Interviewing

Just as there are several types of resume, there are several types of interviews. In most cases, you will know ahead of time the type of interview you will be completing.

Posted
November 4, 2020
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Interviewing

Just as there are several types of resume, there are several types of interviews. In most cases, you will know ahead of time the type of interview you will be completing.

Posted
November 4, 2020

The purpose of the interview is for the employer to learn more about you and for you to learn more about the employer.  Both you and the employer want to determine if the you would do well in this organization.  The first interview is to either get you to the second interview or a job offer. The next interviews should move you through the hiring process.


Types of Interviews:


Screening Interview - this is the first interview to determine if you meet the basic requirements of the job.  It can be done via telephone or video recorded questions.  Learn more  about recording answers to video questions.

One on One Interview - this type of interview usually is with a recruiter or hiring manager.  It is just you and one other person.  It can be in person or virtual.


Group Interview - this is when the employer brings in a group of individuals to interview the first time.  Group interviews are useful when employers are hiring multiple employees for the same position or the employer wants to see how applicants interact with each other.  The employer may give you a group project to complete with the other applicants.


Panel Interview -  this is when more than one person from the employer interviews you at the same time.  It can include multiple supervisors or employees from the same department in the interview.  It can be a hard interview on an applicant as it can be difficult to know where to give your attention.  Allow the panel to lead and answer each question fully.  If possible, ask for all their contact information so you can send a thank you note to each of them.


Behavioral Interview - this type of interview asks about past behavior.  The employer believes your past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior.  You could be asked questions about your reaction to difficult situations, your skill set for a particular task or how you react to a specific situation.


Sequential Interview - this is when you have several interviews in order.  You will meet with a variety of people throughout the day.  You may be asked some of the same questions and given some of the same information.  It is important that you treat each person with the same respect regardless of their position.  If you know you are going to be taking a tour or walking from office to office, wear comfortable shoes.


Video Interview -  a popular new method to interview is the video interview.  This is where you record answers to pre-set questions.  


Virtual Interview - you can have any of the above mentioned interviews over the computer using one of several virtual platforms.   Learn more about virtual interviews.


Interview Questions
Employers want to learn more about you and your skills.  Individuals have different interviewing styles.  Some will have a relaxed conversation and others like to ask very specific questions.  Preparing your answers for a variety of questions is the best way to be successful.  You never will know all the questions you may be asked, but there are some common questions that most interviewers will ask every applicant.


Learn more about interviewing by  Sharpening Your Interview Skills.

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