InterviewThere are many different types of job interview, so before turning up it is important to ask what format yours will take. This way you will know exactly what to expect so you can prepare yourself accordingly. Below you will find six of the most common types and an idea of how they may be conducted.

  1. The traditional one on one interview. This is the most common interview you will come across. There will just be one interviewer, who is normally the manager for the position you are applying for. Expect to be asked questions which will give them a feel for who you are as a person and how appropriate your skills are for the job.
  2. The panel interview. This can be a bit more intimidating as you will be faced with a row of interviewers from various parts of the company, including HR and management. This type of interview is good for companies who want to save time or who are keen to get a collective opinion of the candidates being interviewed. Each member of the panel will be asking questions which are specifically relevant to their area.
  3. The behavioural interview. Questions in this type of interview will be based on common situations you will find yourself in when working for the company. The interviewer is trying to determine how you deal with problems and how you solve them by asking questions such as; ‘What did you do when you were in x situation and how did you deal with it?’. Put some planning in beforehand by thinking up some examples of how you have overcome problems or obstacles in the past.
  4. The group interview. This is a useful way for the company to pre-screen a group of candidates at once, and it also gives you the chance to learn a little about the company and whether you actually want to work there before a more formal interview. You will be observed on how you interact with the other candidates and specifically what role you take when talking/working with them.
  5. The phone interview. If you aren’t local then this would often be the first step in the hiring process, it is also used by companies to pre-screen candidates before inviting them for an interview in person. An appointment will usually be made for the call so ensure that you are prepared and have found a quiet room to use.
  6. The lunch interview. This will normally be at least a second interview and will include additional members of the team. The purpose of this type of interview is to get to know you a bit better and to judge how you would fit in with the team. Use your finest table manners, don’t order anything too expensive or messy and it might be a good idea to try to eat in small bites so that you aren’t caught with a full mouth when asked a question. This is a great opportunity to ask any questions so try to think of anything you want to ask beforehand.

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