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Types of Interviews


There are various factors which contribute to determine what kind of interview you will have. Some of these factors include:

• The preference of the interviewer.
• What kind of interview the company traditionally uses.
• The cost.
• The company may decide to use modern interviewing styles that can often be more effective when recruiting graduates. For example- group interviewing, assessment days etc.

Informal Interviews

Generally most interviews are formal in some sense of the word. At the beginning of the interview, there is usually a period where the interviewer will want to get to know you better as a person and not just someone who is applying for the job. The interviewer will ask questions that are centered around you and it is best to answer these questions honestly and to show your true personality. This is how the interviewer will understand you and what you are looking for in a position.

Telephone Interviews

Some organizations, usually smaller companies that are recruiting from a large number of applicants will use telephone interviews to reduce the number of people before they interview the candidates on a face to face basis. At times this kind of interview can be quite intimidating due to the fact that you are put on the spot and your answers are recorded. To be prepared for telephone interviews:

•  Speak confidently
•  Good listening skills
•  Vary the tone of your voice, avoid sounding monotonous.
•  Have all your materials in front you- your resume as well as a background of the company in case they ask you anything that you need to refer to any documents about.

One On One Interviews 

This is one of the more widely used styles of interviewing, and usually your interview will depend on the type of person your interviewer is. Some of the question’s may be typical of that of an interview, but whether or not the interviewer seems relaxed or conservative, it is important that at all times you remain professional, attentive and responsive to all questions asked.

Two On One Interviews

Generally if you are at a two on one interview, one person will ask the questions and the other may be the one speaking to you or vice versa. Quite often this method is used in order for the interviewers to discuss the candidate after the interview to decide on who they think is best suited to the position.

Panel Interviews

The panel of interviewers will usually consist of at least three or as many as seven interviewers at one time. The composition of this panel could be a manager, a human resources manager, the supervisor or other employees from the department that you are applying for. In most cases, one of the members of the panel will ask a question that represents their area of concern.

In order to best prepare for a panel interview, it is best to research and anticipate questions that are related to a variety of different areas relating to the position as well as the organization.

The Behavioural Interview

In a behavioural interview, the applicant are asked to answer questions that need examples of activities that they have previously undertaken and the behaviour’s performed in previous situations. In this instance you might be asked how you would respond to a particular situation or how you would deal with difficulties on the job. The main reason for this type of interview is for the interviewers to form an understanding of how the applicant would perform based on their past experiences as well as how they will meet the prerequisites of the position.

Group Interviews

The main function of a group interview is for the organization to bring several candidates together in a group situation to assess how the applicant’s ability to wok in a team environment. The interviewers will want to know how you give information to other people, give advice and suggestions and work in a group to solve problems. It is hard to prepare for a group interview however it is important for the graduate to understand the position that is bein

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