Different types of interview
Many people have passed interviews, and they may have all been different. For those who have never gone through an interview, you should be aware that there are many types of interview, such as preselection interviews, question-answer type interviews, telephone interviews, group interviews, and interviews involving technical or other forms of exams.
No matter what type of interview it turns out to be, you must always prepare yourself well. Remember, first impressions count for a lot. Dress appropriately and careful with personal hygiene. As to the type of interview, if you are not able to find out what type yours will be, just be aware that it can take several forms.
Pre-selection interviews may occur face-to-face or over the telephone. They permit the employer to find out just enough about you to invite you into an actual interview. Consider it as a preliminary verification of your qualifications for the job. Again, be sure to make a positive impression.
The classic style question-answer interview is where you, the candidate, is met by one or several interviewers, who ask you a series of questions. If you are being questioned by more than one person, be sure to look at everyone while giving your answers, even if not everyone is asking questions. You may be invited to several interviews within the same company, permitting the company to evaluate various aspects of your suitability for the position.
Sometimes an employer will ask some questions over the telephone, which will lead to a more formal face-to-face interview if all goes well. While speaking with the employer, try to be brief, and try to speak from a telephone where you will not be distracted. Remember to request a personal meeting to discuss your qualifications in more detail.
A rarely used type of interview is the group interview, where several candidates may be in the interview together, are to interact and react to various situations or questions that may bring out ideas, values, and your ability to communicate with others. During these simulated situations, your team spirit, leadership capabilities, and the way you handle the situations will be evaluated by the interviewers.
Regardless of the type of interview you will have, it is always best to prepare. Know yourself, prepare all of your documents, read up on the company, and understand how you will fill the needs of the company if they choose to hire you. Above all, be yourself. Employers appreciate authenticity and honesty.
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