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Types of 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

These are job interviews that some companies are using to observe and evaluate the actual behavior or skills 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.  For example, if you are a graphic designer, an employer may give you an assignment as part of the job interview.

Behavioral Style Interview

Behavioral style job interviews are based on the premise that past behavior is the best indicator of future behavior. In these type of job interviews 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.

Bot Interview

Chat bots are coming into the job interview game.  Imagine if you scheduled a job interview and showed up on time, dressed and ready to make a great impression.  However, instead of meeting with human interviewers, your job interviews are more like conversations with Siri, Alexa, Cortana or a similar type of artificial intelligence robot.  This is a new dynamic and the rules are not all clear at this time.  Our advice? Do your best to respond. Read more here on this new trend. Just How Friendly and Unbiased can an Interview Bot Really Be?

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

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/FaceTime or Video Interview

SKYPE or FaceTime are just two examples of free voice over internet services that have revolutionized the video interview process.  They have allowed us to add new dimensions 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 or FaceTime alone 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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