Let’s say you find the job that an excellent fit for you. Next, you hit apply, and the website asks you to submit your resume and cover letter. You provide the resume and hope you get a call or email for an interview. Your resume and cover letter are so good that a hiring manager contacts you by phone or email to schedule a meeting. You realize you are at the final step that separates you from the job you truly want. The only thing is you have no idea what type of interview you will have; therefore, you have no idea how to prepare. So let discuss Different Types of Interview Questions.
- Individual Interviews: These are one-on-one interviews that can be a combination of formal and informal. In some cases, the hiring manager has already decided you are one of the best candidates for the postion based on your testing, resume, references, and pre-phone screening. Therefore the individual interview allows the hiring manager to get to know you, and you get to ask questions to see if this job is the best fit for you. Generally, Individual interviews are a minimum of 30 minutes. My personal experience is if the conversation is longer than 30 minutes, the hiring manager is strongly considering you for the postion. The shorter the meeting, the less likely you will get the job.
- Group Interviews: Group Interviews are similar to panel interviews but usually informal. Group Interviews show how you react under pressure. Group Interviews usually involve a variety of questions from behavioral, problem solving, and situational. Group Interviews are usually conducted to see if you will fit in with your potential coworkers. Therefore, make sure you show you are comfortable with each person in the room.
- Panel Interviews: Panel Interviews are usually very formal, and you usually will be made aware of this type of interview before the interview. Make sure you practice as much as you can on potential interview questions. A Panel Interview is a high-stress interview. Panel interviewers can care less about how you get along with the people. Panel Interviews are usually the last piece of the interview process. If you made it to the panel interview, your work experience testing, references, and phone screen have passed with flying colors. The panel interview will shows if you can comply with the company or organization policies and procedures. Make sure your answers are short and to the point, and you dress professionally
- Remote Interviews: Remote Interviewing can be a pre-screening interview before you come in for the face to face or work from home interview. Remote Interviews may involve a phone interview, a video conference interview, or a pre-recorded interview. Most Remote Interviews are individual interviews. However, some are Group Interviews. In a Remote Group Interview, the person asking the questions will say their name and ask you a question. It’s essential to address the interviewer who is asking the question by there name when responding in a remote group interview.
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