6 Types of Interviews

6 Types of Interviews

There are multiple types of job interviews. Each interview requires different techniques to make the best impression for your potential new boss. First, you must begin to understand the various interview methods. After you’ve reviewed the interview types below, head on over to the appropriate blog entry to learn the best ways to prepare, ace and stand out during your interview.

  1. Phone

A phone interview generally acts as the initial step of what can sometimes be a lengthy interview process. This first part of the interview process will either move you onto the next phase of interviewing or will tell the employer (and you) that you and the job are not the right fit. Normally, a successful telephone interview with lead to a one-on-one interview. Sometimes, a phone interview can happen when you’re not expecting it. This is where Caller ID becomes a godsend. On the other hand, the employer may have contacted you prior via email to schedule a time to chat. Since this part of the process determines whether or not you are a fitting candidate for the job, it’s important to be as prepared as possible. 5 Ways to Ace a Phone Interview

2. Video

A video interview gives the option for an employer to save money on travel costs and still allow you to get a feel for one another, the position and company. Video interviews can be done in the comfort of your own home, but professionalism is still key. 5+ Ways to Rock a Video Interview

3. One On One

A one on one interview is exactly what it sounds like. This is the scenario in which one representative from the company you are seeking a job at interviews you after taking a thorough look at your impressive resume and possibly speaking to you over the phone. This individual is most commonly the manager or person who would be your direct boss. Look at this interview as an opportunity for both you and your potential boss to get to know one another, get a feel for each other’s personalities and have the chance to answer questions about the position, your experience and skill set. Be prepared for an array of questions including what is a called a “behavioral interview.” 8 Tips to Nail a One on One Interview

4. Group

A group interview is an interview in which multiple candidates are interviewed together and at the same time. There can be two interviewees including you or even up to half a dozen in the same room as you. You can expect a short introduction about the company with a handful of questions that each candidate responds to when it’s their turn and maybe a short dialogue to follow. This is another interview method that saves money and time to speedily pre-screen applicants and it also gives you a chance to get a basic feel for the company. Remember, the interviewer is judging you, so don’t fall by the wayside or get distracted. 7 Ways to Stand Out During a Group Interview

5. Panel

A panel interview has a lot of similarities to a one on one interview, the main difference being that a panel consists of two or more representatives from the company interviewing you. These interviewers are typically from multiple departments, not only from the one you may be working with, but departments that you would be working in conjunction with. The panel can range from human resources, marketing, company volunteers and employees. These people want to get to know you and they will be assessing you in a variety of ways — just like the interviewer in the one on one interview. A panel interview is a method in which to interview a candidate that saves money and time, and as an outcome, a collective opinion from the panel can be formed. You can expect an assortment of questions from each of the panel members that express the entity of each position and department present. 6 Tips to Make a Lasting Impression During a Panel Interview

6. Meal

A meal interview is typically conducted after a phone or group interview. This is the scenario in which your potential boss invites you to breakfast or lunch and may also include additional company representatives (like a panel). A free meal is definitely a nice perk, but it’s important to maintain professionalism in etiquette and manners. For example, don’t order a messy meal or the most expensive item on the menu. You don’t want to drip sauce on your outfit or take advantage of their wallets. Although a restaurant setting is more casual, know that you are still being assessed just as you would in an office setting. Commonsensical etiquette is required, but it’s important to review these tips. 5 Things to Know For a Meal Interview

Whether you’re heading to a phone, video, one on one, group, panel or meal interview, as long you as prepare thoroughly, learn the company’s information and show up ready to highlight your best qualities, the right job will be offered to you albeit eventually. Remember though, don’t get frustrated. One step at a time and always be willing to take constructive criticism with light.

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