Interview Prep Part 3: Different Types of Interviews

If you are being interviewed expect to have one of these or a combination of two. Your first interview may be traditional, your second an audition, and the third a lunch interview. 


Traditional: Solo interviewer and you will be expected to answer a series of questions designed to help them figure out if you’re a great candidate and right fit for the culture and position.

Phone: This interview can be anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour and is the same as the traditional- just conducted over the phone. Eliminate all background noise when on a phone interview. If the interviewer asks if this a good time and it isn't- make it a good time or set up another time to talk. 

Firing Squad (Multiple people interviewing you): If you’ll be reporting to several people or working with a team, it’s not uncommon to meet with multiple interviewers—all at the same time or one by one (The Muse, 2017). Make sure you eat a good meal before this interview and bring a bottle of water (these interviews could last all day). Remain patient and bring a fresh smile and attitude to every new person you meet.

Candidate Group: Typically for sales roles, internships, or other positions in which the company is hiring multiple people for the same job. With these type interviews all of the candidates and hiring managers will be in the same room at the same time. Your job is to be memorable, sharp, and make great eye contact!

Virtual (Skype): For this type of interview make sure you have the right on screen look and make sure all tech systems are updated and ready. Go into a place that has a solid background and free from noises and distractions. 

Lunch/Dinner: An employer requesting this type of interview is a good sign—it usually means they want to learn a little more about you and how you act outside of the office. Make sure your etiquette skills are on point- don't forget elbows off the table and napkin on your lap!

Presentation- Some interviewers will challenge you with a business issue and ask you to present solutions to one or more employees. You may be given 15 minutes to prepare and 15 minutes or less to present (US. News, 2017). If you have the presentation requirements beforehand- test your presentation making sure you stay within the required time limits. 

Auditions: In some industries—writing, engineering, or even sales—you may be asked to complete an actual on the spot job task as part of the interview. Basically, your interviewers don’t want you to tell them you can do the job, they want to see it. (The Muse, 2017). 

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