13 types of interview questions and how to face them

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  • 1. 13 types of job interview questions and how to face them1. Screening InterviewScreening is commonly the first step in recruitment process of the company after application forms havebeen received. Its purpose is to assess generally the skills and qualification of potential candidates andselect out those who lack necessary qualification or cannot meet job requirements. Only those candidateswho have adequately met job requirements or have certain talents may pass this interview phase. Thisinterview is normally short and the candidates are supposed to prove themselves in the briefest mannerto qualify for the job.Job interview related:• Screening interview tips.2. Phone InterviewPhone Interview is a useful method of pre-selecting or screening a number of candidates for a potentialjob. It helps narrow the candidate pool and selects out those who shall be invited to a personal interview.Also, this method helps reduce the cost of interview as it reduces the number of candidates for a personalinterview.Job interview related:• Phone interview tips.• Phone interview questions.3. Stress interviewStress is a physical term indicating the impact of one subject on the other. Though it may sound ratherstrange, many experienced interviewers may often use this interview method. In a Stress Interview, anumber of interviewers shall continuously by turn ask questions and cause pressure on the candidates toevaluate their ability to handle high pressure. Also, the goal of Stress Interview is to test the candidates’ability to work under a busy environment. Questions in a stress interview are commonly relating to multi-task project, overtime working or conflict handling at work.Job interview related:• Stress interview tips.• Stress interview questions.4. Group InterviewGroup Interview involves a group of number of interviewers asking a group of candidates. The purpose ofthis interview method is to select potential candidates for management positions or public positions (inwhich the candidates are required to communicate with publicity). Excellent candidates are gathered into
  • 2. groups of 8-10 people. After that, they will be asked to debate on certain topics raised by the interviewers.The interviewers shall observe and assess the candidates’ ability to communicate, persuade and discusswith others. Also, the interviews may measure the candidates’ ability of reasoning and cooperating withothers.Job interview related:• Group interview tips.• Group interview questions.5. Panel InterviewPanel Interview is a rather commonly used interview method. In such an interview, candidates shall berequested to answer questions of several interviewers who are employees of the company. Theseinterviewers may ask the candidates to show their skills and qualifications or describe again the details intheir resumes, nevertheless. In addition, the candidates may be asked to resolve a certain problematicsituation raised by the panel. In such a panel interview, the interviewers seek to know how well acandidate can utilize his or her knowledge and skills in real-life situation.Job interview related:• Panel interview tips.6. Lunch (Breakfast) InterviewDon’t let the meal take you off your track. This is still a business situation, an interview. So, behaveproperly with your table manner. Take advantage of the meal as a relaxed method but don’t pay muchattention on it.Job interview related:• Lunch interview tips.7. Behavioral InterviewBehavioral Interview is the kind of interview of which the goal is to identify whether the candidates havesuitable skills for the job. In such an interview, the interviewers shall not ask what you will do, but instead,what you did. They want to know how you handled certain circumstances that you have experienced inthe past and based on your answer, they will evaluate how well you handle such circumstances in thefuture.STAR is short for a procedure, in which:• S = Situation: describe the situation.• T = Task: identify the goals you wish to achieve.• A = Action: determine the action you should perform to reach such goals.• R = Result: what is the result you expect?Job interview related:• Behavioral interview tips.• Behavioral interview questions.8. Case Interview or Situational InterviewCase Interview is a method of interviewing which is more suitable for consulting firms or financial firms.The candidate is asked to resolve a problem, a situation or a conflict at work that might have occurred ormay occurred in future in relation to the job.Job interview related:• Case interview tips.• Situational interview questions.
  • 3. 9. One-on-One InterviewIn a One-on-One interview, you will participate directly in an interview with one interviewer (normally whoshall determine you are qualified or not). You will come to this round after passing a panel or groupinterview… and your abilities and skills have been proved qualifying. And now, you have to face with oneinterviewer who will ask you very specific about the job and yourself. To survive this interview, not onlyyou need to demonstrate your abilities and skills again but also you have to know how to develop afriendly relation with the interviewer.10. Follow-up InterviewsIn some cases, the number of applicants in a job may reach thousands which means recruitment processhas such a hard job to do. In such cases, there may be a lot of “Screening” interviews to reduce thenumber of candidates and you will have to pass these follow-up interviews to be a potential candidate.There may be different interviewers as well. Remember that patience plays a crucial role in theseinterviews.Job interview related:• Second interview questions.11. Final Selection InterviewThere is always a final decision-maker during a recruitment process who will decide if you are employedor not. Normally, in the third interview phase, you will be met with this person. He or she shall personallyinterview you with very strict questions. Only a few can manage to this final interview with this person.Pass this and you get the job. Lose it, you may lose the job, too; however, you will still be in the list ofpotential candidates. Patience, Politeness, Professional and Friendliness are the keys to succeed in thisphase. The employer may ask other people about you, even the receptionist any each member of theinterview panel. Just keep your head cool facing this VIP and you will get your desired job.12. Informational InterviewThis type of interview is more like a meeting between a candidate and the interviewer to provide moreinformation about the job and the company to the candidate. Job-seekers shall be the ones who“interview” the employers and the employers shall provide information about the job as asked. Thecandidates may present their skills and qualifications to the employers and ask if those are qualified forthe job while the employers may note down anyone whose qualification is remarkable.13. Structured InterviewNormally, Screening Interview is combined with another technique which is called structured interview.Due to time limits, in structure interview, copies of a questionnaire shall be given to all the applicants andrequire them to fill in. Questions may be about specific duties of the job, information about the companyor the industry. Nevertheless, the answer shall then be recollected and compared with others to select outthose most outstanding.