Different Types of Interviews
There is no doubt about it, it is a changing world. What was once unheard off is commonly taken for granted. Things that were once only part of sci-fi, are all around us. Well, you get the point. Things have changes, people have change, and technology sure has changed. Among other things, this has had a serious impact on the way businesses conduct their day to day duties.
Let’s focus on how they conduct interviews shall we. There was once a simple time when you were called in for an interview, sat down with someone who asked you some questions, and then you were on your way. However, things are no longer than simple. While these kinds of interviews are still common, they are by no means the only ways that interviews are conducted.
Technology has opened a lot of doors. It is now possible for interviewers to conduct an interview from across the city, the country, or even the whole world. There really is just no limit. So, in regard to the changing atmosphere of business, let’s look at the different types of interviews you may have to take in order to get that next great job.
1. The Traditional Interview, i.e. Face to Face
This is the interview we were talking about above; the traditional face to face interview, where you go in sit down in front of the interviewer, usually an HR personnel, and they ask you a few (ok, a lot of) questions about you, your qualifications, and your past work experiences and history. This is the most conventional type of interview, and many businesses still swear solely by this type of interview. This could be the only interview that you’ll have to endure, or it may just be the first round of interview that you’ll have to clear in order to be considered for the position.
2. The Phone Interview
This type of interview is now gaining popularity. Companies frequently use this to interview prospective candidates that reside elsewhere or even internationally. Additionally, it is becoming increasingly common for companies to use phone interviews as a preliminary interview or for first-round screening so see whether or not the person is worthy of a second interview. The benefit of this interview is that it is easy to conduct, and primarily that it is cheap. The only cost is a phone call.
3. The Skype (Video) Interview
Similar to the previous interview, but instead of just a phone interview, the interviewer chooses a video conversation, typically over Skype, a video calling app. The advancements in technology and internet speed have made it possible to have a seamless video conversation over the internet, and companies have not hesitated to take advantage of that fact. The benefit of a video interview is that in addition to talking to a candidate, it also allows the interview to see them and read their body language. The cost of this interview is still cheap as most people have an internet connection and a laptop or smartphone anyway. It is certainly cheaper than having a candidate travel across the country to meet with you.
4. The Group Interview (Group Discussion)
This kind of interview is increasingly common for entry level jobs, or for jobs such as sales roles, internships, or other positions where the company might have a number of roles to hire for. This is a bit difficult as you need to be able to stand out in a group of people and catch the eye of the interviewer (in a good way) in order to be considered for a proper interview. This interview is commonly used as a way to thin the crowd so that they company does not waste a lot of time or resources interviewing so many candidates and can instead focus on those who are potential candidates.
5. The Written Test
While not a lot of companies do this, it is not an uncommon practice. This is often the first or the second round of interview and is an easy way to screen for incompetent applicants. The written test might be an aptitude test to gauge if you are right for this position or for the company culture. It may even be a skills test to ensure that you know the things you claim to know, or are qualified enough for the position.
6. The Technical Interview
This interview is exactly what it sounds like, basically they quiz you about the technical aspects of the job and to see how knowledgeable you are about your field, and whether or not you are qualified for the position. This interview is usually for a specialized field or a technical position where knowledge is essential. After all you don’t want to hire an engineer who doesn’t know anything about engineering, or a doctor who doesn’t know the basis of medicine, or anyone else who is not knowledgeable about their field. This could be in the form of a written test or it may even be oral with the interviewer asking you questions that you need to answer.
7. The Panel Interview
Simply put, this is an interview by a panel. While in theory is doesn’t sound difficult, in reality it is, because instead of facing off against one man, suddenly you are faced with five (more or less). It is like facing a multiple headed monster who is just out to get you, something like a sphinx whose riddles you must answer to make it ahead. What’s worse, the panel is usually not the HR personnel anymore, but rather who will be your supervisors and boss if you get the position, even worse if the CEO decides to sit in the interview.
8. Sample day
These days just your word is not enough. Instead of you telling the interviewers how good you are at your job, they want you to show it to them instead. So, they may ask you to come for a day and work at their offices, sort of like a trial run to see how you deal with the work load, how you get along with the other employees, and whether or not you fit into the work culture. They may or may not pay you for your time and work, but if they choose not to pay you, it does say a lot more about the company than it does about you.
These are just of the few types of interviews that you may have to be put through to even be considered for a position. And sadly, it may happen that even after all of this you may still not get the position, but think of it this way, if you do, then you can be sure that you and the company are a great fit, well at least on paper.