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Is there just one “type” of interview?

InterviewIn short; no. Interviews are part of the selection process, but they may not always be traditional face-to-face interviews assessing your range of experience. You may have a telephone interview, be interviewed by a panel of people, be required to complete assessment tests, be interviewed only once or take part in a multi stage interview process.

It is important to find out what the interview will involve so you can prepare yourself accordingly, for example;

  • Will it involve psychometric or skills tests, or giving a presentation?
  • Will there be role play or group discussions?
  • Or will it be an interview in front of a panel or just the one person?

An interview with your potential manager could be very detailed regarding your skills and knowledge whereas meeting with a personnel manager may be more general but just as challenging, so it is important to find out who is interviewing you and their position in the organisation.

Here are just some of the types of interviews that you may need to plan for:

The “informal” or “screening interview”: Often used as the first stage of a multi-stage recruitment process, the informal interview tends to be a general chat about you and your interests, and although you may not discuss the technicalities of the job they are trying to determine whether your skills and qualifications generally fit the job description and the organisation. Don’t be fooled, this is still an assessment of you, so professionalism is paramount.

The Assessment Interview: The use of assessment centres are becoming common place, as they help to make selection more objective and focus on abilities through the use of interviews, written tests, role plays and group discussions, exercises and presentations. Assessments can last anything from a day to a week; they can be group or individual, formal or informal and are designed to see how you react within a specific situation.

The “Telephone” or “Skype” interview: This interview is an increasingly popular method of interviewing, especially in the early stages of a multi stage recruitment process or for a position overseas. It is important however that you prepare in the same way that you would for a face-to-face interview; choosing a suitable time and date in a place where you will be free to chat in a quiet place without any interruptions. Remember to keep any necessary documents, like your CV and the job advert, to hand throughout the interview, and ensure that what the interviewer sees via the webcam is appropriate – Time to remove your Homer Simpson posters and get into your smart dress now.

In this article, we have addressed some of the “types” of interview that you may need to prepare for, in our next blog we’ll be looking at “Interview Formats” and what you can do to plan ahead to increase your chances of a successful interview. Don’t forget to take a look at the “Career Advice” section of our website that has a number of helpful guides to assist you, including “Interview Preparation, Planning & Technique”.


One Response to Is there just one “type” of interview?

  1. Bayle says:

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