Just like Valentine’s Day when we think of our own special sweetie, I think of interviews; aren’t interviews fun and don’t we just love them? I know I get a little nervous just thinking about interviewing for a new job, and maybe you do too. But if we are prepared for interviews, the pressure can be removed and the process can actually be a good experience. Knowing what to expect and practicing for interviews can be strategic in getting that next job offer.
Below is a list of some of the different types of interviews you may encounter in your career search, as you may be exposed to some or all of them. Employers use a variety of techniques in search of the best job candidate, and you may find that you go through several types of interviews with just one employer:
- Task oriented or testing interview – you may be asked to take a test or demonstrate a specific skill, such as taking a keyboarding test or demonstrating the ability to use tools and equipment
- Screening or telephone interview – this is like taking an open book exam. You can have your resume and a copy of the job description along with some notes ready in front of you during this type of interview. Be prepared to answer questions enthusiastically and with a smile.
- Individual or one-on-one interview – probably the most common type of interview done in person. Be prepared by making a great first impression through your manners, appropriate dress, and awareness of body language. You can also prepare by practicing answering typical interview questions. Examples of these questions can usually be found by searching the internet.
- Group or panel interview – two or more people can ask you questions and evaluate how your answers. This type of interview may also include other candidates for the position. It’s an efficient way to interview and allows for different interpretations or perspectives of the same answer. Again, it’s important to be prepared!
- Video conference interview – This is similar to the individual or phone interview, and can allow individuals from different locations to interview without traveling. Be prepared as you would be for any other type of interview, and practice in front of a camera and/or mirror so that you become comfortable.
- Behavioral-based interview – these probe much deeper and may start with questions like, “Tell me about a time when…” This type of interview provides more information about your behavior, personality and character; and the questions can actually be part of any interview mentioned here.
Prepared job seekers can use C.A.R statements to answer many of the questions. A C.A.R statement simply describes a challenge you faced, the action you took to address the challenge, and the result of that action.
Mastering the different interview types will give you more confidence going in fully prepared, and tip the scales in your favor to leave with a job offer.
For more tips on interviewing, please visit Workforce Solutions.
Velta Worley is a member of the Regional Navigator Team specializing in training, educating, and assisting community partners, Workforce Solutions staff, and job seekers throughout the 13 county region with adult education and literacy, and employment for people experiencing homelessness. She has over 8 years corporate management experience, and over 8 years with Workforce Solutions as a Facilitator, Technical Assistant, and Office Manager, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Sam Houston State University.