While you’re looking for work, there are several types of job interviews you may come across. Below you will find information about what to expect with different kinds of interviews and some advice on how to make a great impression.
The One on One Interview:
- Department supervisors or Human Resources representatives usually conduct the interview
- You will need to be prepared to respond to all types of interview questions.
- Be prepared to talk about yourself in detail
- Get prepared by learning about what the company does
- Think of questions you want to ask the employer.
Tip: Do not volunteer information that the interviewer does not ask for
The Screening Interview: The screening interview is a brief meeting with the employer that is used to eliminate unqualified applicants. They are used most often when there are a large number of applicants.
- Often conducted by a Human Resources professional
- The interviewer will ask questions to see if you meet the core requirements of the job posting
Tip: Confirm to the interviewer what you have put in your résumé and cover letter
Here are a couple of articles on screening interviews:
Panel or Committee Interview: Companies use this method when hiring senior level positions. Several company personnel will be present and they will each have questions for the candidate
Tips: Make eye contact with the person who asked the question first, then make eye contact with the other interviewers to make them feel included.
Here are two articles on panel interviews:
Group interview: Group interviews are often used to introduce the company and describe the job to an audience.
- Interviewers will observe candidates throughout the interview
- It is important to participate and stand out from the crowd to be noticed
- Interviewers will select candidates from group interviews to later participate in one-on-one interviews
Tip: Ask questions and speak to company personnel afterwards to establish a rapport.
Here is an article on group interviews:
Testing Interview: Some companies may ask candidates to complete a test as a part of the interview process.
Tip: Brush up on your skills if you know if will be a skills based test.
Here are some articles on testing interviews:
Second Interview: If you do well in the first interview, you may be called back for a second interview.
- The second interview can be used for you to meet other employees to see how you interact
- It may be used to decide between two top candidates
- For more senior roles there may even be third and fourth interviews (or more!)
Tip: Before the interview ask who you will be meeting and ask if there is anything you need to prepare for the interview
Here is an article on preparing for a second interview:
Phone Interview: Phone interviews are usually used to decide who to invite for an in-person interview or sometimes when a candidate lives a significant distance from the company
- An employer may call at any time so it is important to make sure you are prepared when you answer the phone: you will need your résumé, job posting and a pen near the phone
How to behave:
- Speak in a clear voice
- Answer the questions precisely – try to elaborate without talking too much
- Smile (it makes you sound more positive and professional)
- Whoever makes the phone call has the power because they are prepared
- Screen your calls and return them once you have had time to review your résumé, cover letter and the job posting
- If you leave your cell phone number as a contact number, only answer it if you are prepared to be interviewed – don’t answer while you are driving!
Learn more about phone and Skype interviews here:
Video Conference Interviews: Video interviews can also be used to for screening candidates and interviewing candidates who live a great distance from the company.
- Behave and dress like you would for an in-person interview
- Avoid areas with distractions like barking dogs or crying children
- Learn how to use the video technology before the interview – practice with a friend to make sure it works properly
Learn more about video interviews here:
Would you like to learn more? Enroll in the Centre’s “Interviews that Impress” workshop or book an appointment with an Employment Advisor to learn about the different types of interviews and more!