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Job Interviews

If you are trying to improve your success in job interviews, it is important to learn about the different types of job interviews and how employers use them.

Assessment Center Interview

This is an job interview process that some companies use to observe and evaluate the actual behavior of potential employees. The employer may simulate an actual job situation and through a series of tests and interviews and observations, take note of how a potential employee would handle the issue.

Behavioral Interview

The behavioral interview is based on the premise that past behavior is the best indicator of future behavior. In this kind of interview the applicant is asked questions that focus on the candidate’s past experiences, behaviors, knowledge, skills and abilities. The interview questions will focus on getting the candidate to share specific examples of past, actual behavior. Whether or not the questions are asked in a behavioral way, applicants should answer to focus on past, specific experiences. This is only one type of interview strategy that companies use.

Case Interview

A type of interview where the job applicant is given a situation, a challenge or a problem to solve. Consulting firms use this specific type of interviewing methodology a lot. They believe it to be the best way of seeing how a potential candidate would handle real situations on the job.

Group Interview

The group interview involves having a lot of people in the room at the same time. It can mean one candidate with several interviewers or one or two interviewers with a large group of applicants. The biggest challenge is probably how to stand out in a crowd without appearing to draw all the attention to yourself in a conceited way. Some companies use the group interview as a way to narrow a large pool of candidates to a smaller group with real potential for employment.

Illegal Interview Questions

These are questions that employers are not allowed to ask job applicants in a job interview. Essentially interview questions should be related to the job and not about the candidates’ personal life.

Job Interview

A formal opportunity for job seekers to meet with employers and recruiters and discuss credentials for the job.

Panel interview

The panel interview is sometimes referred to as the “tag-team interview” or the “team interview” because it involves one interview candidate meeting with a panel or a group of interviewers.

SKYPE Interview

SKYPE is a free voice over internet service that has revolutionized the video interviews and added a new dimension to the telephone interview. Companies are using this method to reduce time and travel costs for potential job applicants. You might be interviewed via SKYPE yourself or be asked to participate in a SKYPE interview or meeting.

Stress Interview

The type of interview where candidates are put under a lot of psychological stress. The goal of this type of interview is to see how a candidate would behave in stressful situations.

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