Guide to Interviewing – Part Two – Job Interview Types

There are different types of job interviews you may participate in during the recruitment process. Each interview you attend will be different in many different ways, the information below outlines the more often used processes and gives you some tips on how to handle them.

One-on-one Interview (Most commonly used)

In a one-on-one interview, it has been established that you have the skills and education necessary for the position.  The interviewer wants to see if you will fit in with the company, and how your skills will complement the rest of the department.  Your goal in a one-on-one interview is to establish rapport with the interviewer and show him or her that your qualification will benefit the company.

Screening Interview

A screening interview is meant to weed out unqualified candidates.  Providing facts about your skills is more important than establishing rapport.  Interviews will work from an outline of points they want to cover, looking for inconsistencies in your resume and challenging your qualifications.  Provide answers to their questions, and never volunteer any additional information.  That information could work against you.  One type of screening interviews is the telephone interview.

Stress Interviews

Stress interviews are a deliberate attempt to see how you handle yourself.  The interviewer may be sarcastic or argumentative, or may keep you waiting.  Expect this to happen and, when it does, don’t take it personally.  Calmly answer each question as it comes.  Ask for clarification if you need it and
never rush into an answer. The interviewer may also lapse into silence at some point during the questioning.  Recognize this as an attempt to unnerve you.  Sit silently until the interviewer resumes the questions.  If a minute goes by, ask if he or she needs clarification of your last comments.

Lunch Interview

The same rules apply in lunch interviews as in those held at the office.  The setting may be more casual, but remember it is a business lunch and you are being watched carefully.  Use the lunch interview to develop common ground with your interviewer.  Follow his or her lead in both selection of food and etiquette.

Panel or Committee Interview

Committee interviews are a common practise.  You will face several members of the company who have a say in whether you are hired.  When answering questions from several people, speak directly to the person asking the question; it is not necessary to answer to the group.  In some committee interviews, you may be asked to demonstrate your problem solving skills.  The committee will outline a situation and ask you to formulate a plan that deals with the problem.  You don’t have to come up with the perfect
answer, they are interested in how you deal with different scenarios, can you think quickly and they will be looking to see your problem solving abilities.

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