Types of Job Interveiws


Types of Job Interveiws


Often out of 300 applicants only 6 candidates will be interviewed. In most interviews, but this varies depending on the job sector and employer, you will be asked around 10 questions during a 45 minute interview.

The key to passing job interviews in preparation and practice, this sounds obvious but is often overlooked with the average interviewee spending around only 60 minutes preparing for their job interview.


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Types of Job Interviews



The Traditional Face to Face Job Interview – When preparing for a job interview, the obvious interview to prepare for is the one to one face to face job interview. Often the interviewee meets with one company manager and the interview is conducted one-on-one, with the interviewer asking around 10 questions over a period of 45 minutes.  Questions will be asked on the skills and experience required for the position you are applying for. To prepare for the traditional job interview, read the job spec and write a list of potential interview questions. From this you can prepare your interview answers. Ensure that you use real experiences as part of your interview answer.



Panel Interviews – Panel interviews can range from 3-5 interviewers, generally made up with managers and HR staff. The interview is similar to the traditional face to face, one to one interview, but the panel will take it in turns to ask the interview questions. You can prepare in the same way as you would with the traditional job interview. When answering questions, ensure to look at and engage all the panel members.



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Telephone Screening Interview – To save cost employers will often screen applicants over the telephone (often in telesales/customer service roles) the employer will ask you to describe your experience, but the key here is how you communicate and listen over the phone. For telephone interviews, talk slower, leave pauses and use your tone to influence. These interviews often only last between 10-20 minutes.



Role Play Interviews – Many employers will ask groups of applicants to role play or to complete some type of challenge. Employers prefer this style of interview to see if interviewees have the skills they described on their CV. To pass this interview, you need to pretend that the situation is really and act as if you were at work. Role play type interviews have been around longer than most people think, as an example; receptionist having to undertake a typing test before they are offered a position.



Many people are afraid of job interviews. The truth is if your prepare for your job interview, by predicting the job interview questions, you can easily prepare your job interview answers. If your job interview answers highlight your unique selling point, are stated in the positive and are said in a confident manner, then you can influence the job interview to increase job offer.


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