This is fairly straight-forward. You meet
face-to-face with one individual
representing the company in which you
applied for (or were recruited for).
In a group interview, you are not the only one
interviewing. Multiple candidates are invited to
participate in a group interview. The only way to
stand out is to make yourself standout!
In a panel or board interview, you are brought
before several individuals representing the
company in which you applied for (or were
recruited for). All of these individuals will have
questions for you and all will be evaluating you
on specific things.
The first rule of thumb in improvisational theatre
is to “agree and add.” An interviewer will ask you
basic questions and expect you to elaborate on
For example, one of the most common
Impromptu questions is, “What did you like best
about your last job?” You would respond: “I liked
my co-workers (agree). Let me explain, …(add).”
In situational interviewing, job-seekers are asked to
respond to a specific situation they may face on the
job. These types of questions are designed to draw
out more of your analytical and problem-solving
For example, an employer will describe a situation
for you and expect you to:
Discuss the actions you would take,
Relate the reasoning, and
Specify your anticipated outcomes.
A structured interview is fairly standard. An
interviewer will ask every candidate the same
set of questions so that they may more easily
This is becoming a more common practice
amongst interviewers. Employers expect
candidates to come in for several interviews so
that they may get a better feel for who they are
and their qualifications. Each interview may have
a different format and purpose but this will
depend on the employer. If you get called in for
a second interview, it is usually a good sign!
A telephone interview is more commonly used
to pre-qualify a candidate. Most phone
interviews will last between twenty and forty
minutes in length.
A lunch or dinner interview is an interviewers
attempt to make a candidate feel more relaxed.
The questions are not more or less difficult, they
have just chosen a different setting.
These are becoming a more popular trend
amongst employers in an attempt to cut costs
and “go green.” Webcam interviews are often
used to prequalify candidates before
determining whether the employer would like to
bring them in for a second interview.
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The behavioral job interview is based on the theory that
past performance is the best indicator of future
For example, employers will ask questions such as, “tell
me about a failure and how you overcame it” and, “give
me a specific example of when you were required to
handle several projects at once.” The employer will
expect you to answer these questions in four parts:
Describe the situation,
Discuss the actions you took,
Relate the outcomes, and
Specify what you learned from it.
During a case interview and employer will ask you to
analyze a situation, identify key business issues, and
discuss how you would address the problems
Case interviews are designed to test multiple skills
including: quantitative skills, analytical
skills, problem-solving ability, communications
skills, creativity, the ability to think quickly under
pressure, listening skills, interpersonal
skills, professional demeanor, and powers of
The stress interviewing technique is typically used
only for positions in which the job-seeker will be
facing stress on the job, and the interviewer wants
to see how well you can handle the pressure.
The interviewer may try to stress you in one of
several ways, such as asking four or five questions in
a row, acting rude or sarcastic, disagreeing with
you, or simply keeping you waiting for a long period.
An exit interview is an employer’s attempt to
collect data so that they may improve working
conditions and retain more employees. This is
your chance to be honest, but be careful not to
burn any bridges!
The informational interview is when you request
an interview in an attempt to expand your
network and meet people who can positively
influence your job search.
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