Are you preparing for a job interview? Ensure success by familiarising yourself with ten different interview styles. Here is the info that you need!
Being called in for an interview is a great achievement, but it’s just the first step to what is generally a lengthy, if not also stressful process. To ensure success, you need to prepare for the interview so that you remain confident, calm and collected throughout. Remember that your goal is to impress the hiring manager and to make them feel that you are the person who’s best for the job.
To prepare successfully for a job interview, you need to know what to expect so that you don’t get caught by surprise, and this is why you should familiarise yourself with the different interview styles.
Start by going through the top ten interview methods listed below and proceed by thoroughly researching the company you’ve applied to. Remember that you need to examine the company’s website, social media profiles and even use salary websites that can help you find out what the median salary for the position you’ve applied for is and how the company generally compensates its employees.
1. Telephone Screening Interview
You’ll find that the telephone screening interview is the first go-to step for many interviewers so expect it for it from the day you send your resume to a company. You should make a point of answering your phone with high energy and professionalism as this is the first impression the hiring manager will get from you.
Usually, the telephone screening interview is a quick process, and its only aim is to help the hiring manager – generally someone from HR - create a shortlist of candidates that the manager can meet in person.
The telephone screening interview usually involves direct questions that help the hiring manager determine if you’d be a good fit for the company culture and if you have the required qualifications and/or skills for the position. So it’s important that you remain confident throughout the interview and that you are straightforward about your skills and experience.
The most essential interview tip you need to follow in this type of job interview is to find a quiet place with no background noise. If you’re driving or are outside when you get the call, don’t be shy to ask them to call you back at a more appropriate time. Also, make sure that you’ve research salary related issues beforehand as the hiring manager is likely to ask you to determine if you are within their budget. But, if they don’t bring the issue up, avoid doing so yourself.
2. In Person Screening Interview
The in person screening interview is very similar to the telephone screening interview, but instead of being asked questions over the phone, the hiring manager will ask you to meet with them face to face.
Similar to the telephone screening interview, this type of job interview is essentially the first step of the hiring process and it allows the hiring manager to create a first impression of your attitude, interest and professional style. Needless to say, you should appear more confident, motivated and excited for the job opportunity, while maintaining your professional persona.
During this job interview, it’s likely that you’re not going to be meeting with the final decision maker but even if you’re just meeting with a hiring manager from the HR it’s essential that you answer their interview questions in a professional style.
To ensure that you’ll end up in the hiring manager’s shortlist, prepare to demonstrate how your skills and qualifications match those required.
Also, it’s a good idea to follow up with a thank-you note as this will establish rapport and will make you more memorable.
These uncommon interview tips will help ensure success.
3. Selection Interview
The selection job interview is the most common type of job interview where the interview questions are more in depth and aim to help the interviewer determine whether the interviewee would be a good hire or not.
This type of job interview is generally the second step of the hiring process and usually follows the screening job interview. So there’s a good chance that the interviewer – who could be the manager of the department you’ve applied to - already knows what your skills and qualifications are and wants to test those skills and qualifications.
It’s important therefore to focus on the interview questions you’re being asked and to answer them in a concise manner. Keep in mind that your goal should be to sell yourself and to prove how you’ll be valuable to the company should they hire you.
An interview tip you should never forget at this stage is that it’s important to be kind and to establish a connection with everyone you meet before, during and after the job interview.
4. Behavioural Interview
The behavioural interview usually follows the selection interview, but if you’ve been already asked in for the screening interview then there’s a good chance that your interviewer is going to combine the selection interview with the behavioural interview in order to save time.
A behavioural interview essentially allows the hiring manager to assess how you’ve dealt with past work situations and to determine whether your strategies would be in line with the company. It’s important therefore in such a job interview to respond to the interview questions in such a way that allows the interviewer to see that you’re a problem-solver and that you’re quick on your feet. The best way to approach this type of interview is to use the STAR method.
The STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Results) approach essentially helps you produce a more compelling story by starting from the context of the situation and to explain what you had to do and what action you took in order to solve the problem, while also making sure that you go through the results of your action and how the situation was resolved.
5. Work Sample Interview
This job interview style might be more common for creative types, like marketers or graphic designers, etc. as their work is more concrete and it’s what the interviewer will want to review to determine if they’d be ideal for the job.
If you are in a profession where you have a portfolio, you should make a point of taking it with you during your job interviews so that if you’re asked to present your work you have it there with you.
The idea behind this job interview style is that you describe projects in your portfolio. So prepare for it as if it were a presentation. Which means that you should not only be confident but you should also prepare a speech that can explain what the client wanted in each case, what your strategy was behind each project and how the project was received.
This article will help you create a compelling portfolio so make sure you go through it before preparing your presentation for the job interview.
6. Peer Group Interview
Although not very common, peer group interviews exist and you should prepare for it in case you’re thrown in a room with potential colleagues and are not sure how you should act.
The key to a successful peer group interview is to be confident so make sure that you have a big smile and great body posture.
Peer group interviews allow the potential employer to determine whether you’d be a good fit with the rest of the team by arranging for you to meet with your prospective colleagues to evaluate how you’d work together.
What’s great about this kind of interview is that it allows you to see what the company is really like from the inside. Pay close attention to how your potential colleagues interact with one another and you’ll understand what the company culture is like and if it would be a good fit for you.
The key to a successful peer group interview is to ask a lot of questions as it shows that you’re interested and eager to learn.
7. Group Panel Interview
The group panel interview usually consists of more than three interviewers, and there may even be other candidates applying for the same position in the interview with you. This may well be one of the most stressful job interview styles, but it’s essential that you remain calm and collected throughout the interview.
Make sure that you respond to the person who asks you a question but at the same time maintain eye-contact with all members of the panel. Of course you shouldn’t stare, but it’s important that the entire panel feels engaged whether you’re asking or responding to questions.
If there are other candidates present, introduce yourself and be polite. Volunteer to answer the questions first and if you’re answering after someone else compliment their answers but build on them with your own thoughts.
The idea behind a group panel interview is to test your ability to function in a group under pressure so try to remain calm and composed at all times.
8. Luncheon Interview
Although seemingly more informal, the luncheon interviews are just as formal as an interview in an office. This type of job interviewer is more common for people who are applying for positions where they’d need to interact with clients in social situations, and the interviewer uses them to evaluate how you’d perform in such a situation.
Make sure that you pick something that’s easy to eat, and that is not the most expensive thing on the menu, while you should also be mindful of your table manners.
Pay close attention to the conversation and try not to lose track of thought when interrupted by waiters etc. as this is evidence of your ability to focus and pay close attention to the task at hand.
9. Stress Interview
The stress interview is common for people who are applying for positions where they should expect extreme pressure as they are used to test a candidate’s ability to work in unexpected situations and under pressure.
Expect all kind of trials throughout this job interview and if you’re applying for a position where you’d need to talk to customers on daily basis expect the interviewer to be sarcastic, argumentative and even plain rude as his or her aim will be to unnerve you to evaluate how you perform. Don’t take anything personally and remain collected throughout the interview and you’ll do fine.
10. Video-Conference Interview
The video-conference interview is common for people who are applying for positions that are in other cities or even other countries, and they allow the interviewer to conduct an interview the same way as they would if you were physically there. It’s for this reason that you need to maintain the same level of professionalism, both in terms of your responses and your body language and make sure that you are professionally dressed.
It’s always a good idea to conduct a trial interview with a friend beforehand as it will allow you to test sound, connection settings and help you find the ideal camera position.
It’s important to ensure that you’re familiar with all of these interview styles as it will help you be prepared no matter what. Remember that the key to being successful in a job interview is to be calm, confident and pleasant and to answer all interview questions in a concise manner that will engage your interviewer and make them interested in you.
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