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Types Of Job Interviews And Their Differences


Types of Job Interviews


Landing on a dream job is every person's dream come true. The thought of working in an office with the dream company's logo on it sends spasms of excitement to any aspiring candidate's body.
However, it may be nerve-wracking when the only thing standing between you and your dream job is a job interview. It sends one's heart racing and mind spinning while wondering, What will I be asked? Am I good enough? What will the panel think of me? Shall I ace the interview?

Preparing for your dream job's interview is as important as the interview itself. How well you sell yourself in the interview relies heavily on your preparations. To effectively prepare for a job interview, you first need to know the various types of job interviews.

Screening / Phone interviews 
Usually form the first part of the interview process.These are made by the HR department using a phone call to find out if you have the required qualifications and if you would be a right fit for the company. Your goal is to portray high professional standards in conveying information about your skills, qualifications and experience rather than building a rapport.

Face to face / one on one interviews
Most people are familiar with this type of interview. The interviewer wants to see how well you would fit in the company. Questions are aimed at testing your listed skills and experience. Your goal, therefore, is to build a rapport and market yourself to the panel showing them how suited you are for the job. Usually, at the end, the interviewer will ask you if you have any questions for them. It is therefore important to have ready made questions for the interviewer.

Problem solving interviewers
The interviewer poses a real or simulated problem for you to solve. They are interested in your mental breakdown of the problem into smaller manageable pieces and so it is important to think out loud. It is more of a test of your ability to handle pressure and think clearly than it is of your ability to arrive at a correct answer.

Panel/committee interviews
This is where there is more than one person who has a say in who to hire. Several officials conduct the interview with the intention of the face to face interview, sometimes so as to save time in the hiring decision. You are advised to shake all their hands and repeat their namess during introduction. Address the interviewers by their names when giving an answer. When answering a question posed by a specific interviewer, focus on them but maintain eye contact from time to time with the rest of the interviewers . Maintain eye contact with the person talking to you.

Candidate group interviews
This is a type of interview where you may be placed in the same room with other candidates and interviewed by a panel. The questions are aimed at testing your dynamics, leadership skills, how well you handle pressure, your style and professionalism. Your goal is to be calm, rational, professional and well-argumentative.

Lunch interview
This is done by the interviewer to see how you conduct yourself in a more relaxed environment. However, you should be as professional as would be the case in an office setting.

Teleconferencing
This is done by a company that is a distance away to eliminate travel expenses. It may be done in one of the local offices or at home. It should be treated as a face to face in terms of attire and professionalism. If done at home, make sure there are no background noises and the background is neat. Eliminate all possible distractions.

Other types of interviews are conducted within the above interviews and they include:

Behavioral interviews
These involve questions that are aimed at knowing how you solved past situations and therefore predict how you will solve future problems. It is therefore advisable to review your resume and identify challenges you have faced in the future and recall how you solved them. e.g 

  • Tell me a instance when...
  •  Share with me how you...

Answers to this type of question should include:

  • Situation in which you were in
  • Tasks withwhich you were charged
  • Action you took
  • Results of the actions you took


Stress interviews
These are done by the interviewer to try to unnerve you and see how you react to such kind of pressures by being rude and even sarcastic. Play cool all along.

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Types Of Job Interviews And Their Differences Types Of Job Interviews And Their Differences Reviewed by Frank Migici on March 19, 2018 Rating: 5

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