Types of interviews

The Top 11 Types of Interviews

There are many types of interviews, and it doesn’t matter if you are a college graduate or a working professional. You may be required to take a few interviews to find the perfect job opportunity. Here is a comprehensive list of types of interviews, and how you can prepare for each one.

Panel interview or Group interview

A panel interview is when you are interviewed by a group of people, usually about three or four. This type of interview is used to evaluate your interpersonal skills and teamwork abilities. You can prepare for this kind of interview by practicing answering tough questions in front of the mirror and with friends before an event like a career fair.

Phone interview

A phone interview is a good way to screen candidates for certain positions. They are usually conducted when the process of selecting employees has been narrowed down and only a few people remain in contention for the job. You should prepare by making sure your resume is organized, sending out plenty of thank you letters after interviews.

Video interview

A video interview is a more in-depth interview than a phone interview. The interviewer will usually ask questions and watch you answer them on video, go through your resume, or even work with you on a mock project to evaluate how well the two of you would work together. You can prepare for a video interview by writing out your answers beforehand, practicing answering questions in a similar setting to the interview (such as talking to a friend), and keeping up with any recent tech updates.

Restaurant or off-site interview

Some interviews are conducted in person, outside of the office. This interview type will often take place in a restaurant or coffee shop.  It may also be conducted in another office or company. You can prepare for an off-site interview by making sure you have a good understanding of the business, where the interview will take place, and what clothing to wear that won’t make you feel out of place (for example, if your interviewer prefers suits).

Stress Interview

A stress interview is a type of job interview where the interviewer tries to make you feel uncomfortable or stressed in order to see how well you perform under pressure.  Stress interviews are often used by companies when they want to know more about what kind of person will be good at handling tough situations and they’re designed to uncover hidden risks and potential deficiencies in candidate’s competencies.  During the questions, hiring managers will look for signs of stress, such as shaky hands or a change in eye contact. You can prepare for a stress interview by researching the company, understanding that there may be uncomfortable questions asked, and rehearsing your responses.

Case interview

A case interview is a type of job interview that is typically used to recruit management, investment banking, and consulting professionals. The interviewer will ask the candidate various questions designed to test their analytical abilities as well as try to make them feel uncomfortable or stressed in order to see how they perform under pressure. Case interviews are often difficult because you never know what question might be asked. The best way to prepare for a case interview is to have your family and friends ask you analytical-based questions and have you answer them on the spot.

Job fair interview

A job fair interview is often one of the most common types of interviews used to recruit entry-level or low-skill employees. They are not as intense as the case interviews that management professionals might be asked, but they still can have their challenges. Job fairs typically do not require much formal clothing either and they usually only last about 15 minutes so you should feel more at ease with this type of interview. Most job fair interviews happen on the spot, so you can prepare for this type of interview by having your resume handy and researching the companies attending the job fair, prior to attending.

Behavioral interview

A behavioral interview typically consists of a set of questions that are open-ended and require the candidate to give specific examples. They also will often ask for your opinion on certain subjects or scenarios.

One question that may be asked is: What’s Your Greatest Strength?

Some possible strengths you might mention in this type of interview include teamwork skills, leadership skills, communication skills, and creativity.

The best way to prepare for a behavior interview is  to practice answering these types of questions. You can do this by either asking someone to interview you or coming up with a list and then practicing your answers until you feel comfortable and confident in them.

You should also be prepared for the interviewer to ask about weaknesses that might show up on your resume, along with how you would address those weaknesses if they were required in the job.

Competency-based interview

Competency-based interviews are all about matching the skills and experiences you have to a job.  The interviewer will ask questions such as “What would make you an ideal candidate for this position?” or “Tell me about your relevant experience.” Be ready with examples that show how your past work experience is transferable to this new opportunity.

Mock interview

A mock interview is a practice interview where you prepare and roleplay with an interviewer. It’s the best way to get ready for your real interview! Be sure to practice all different types of interviews.

Final interview

Lastly, a final interview is the last interview that will be conducted with the company before a final hiring determination is made. By this point, you will likely be well acquainted with the company you’re interviewing for. Most times the final interview is conducted by the most senior person you’ll be working with at the company, such as a CEO or CMO. When preparing for the final interview, don’t assume you’ve already gotten the job. Be sure to review the previous interviews you’ve had at the company and take the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Types of Interviews – Conclusion

Job interviews can be stressful, especially when there are so many formats and styles of job interviews. However, with the right knowledge and preparation, you can feel more confident going into your interviews.

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