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Types of Job Interviews

Interviews: Behaviorial, Case, Dining, Exit, Mock, Second, Group, Phone, Video


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There are a variety of types of interviews that employers may conduct, including behavioral interviews, case interviews, group interviews, phone and video interviews, second interviews, and even interviews held during a meal.

Review the different types of interviews, along with tips on how to interview effectively, regardless of the situation you're in.

Job Interview Types

Behavioral Interviews
Behavioral based interviewing is interviewing based on discovering how the interviewee acted in specific employment-related situations.

Case Interviews
Case interviews are used most often in management consulting and investment banking interviews and require interviewees to demonstrate their analytical ability and problem solving skills.

Competency Based Interviews
Competency based interviews require interviewees to give specific examples of times in which they demonstrated particular skills or attitudes. Here's information on how they work, how to prepare, as well as sample questions.

Final Interview
The final interview is the last step in the interview process and the last interview you find out whether or not you will get a job offer.

Informational Interview
An informational interview is an interview conducted to collect information about a job, career field, industry or company.

Lunch and Dinner Interviews
One of the reasons employers take job candidates out to lunch or dinner is to evaluate their social skills and to see if they can handle themselves gracefully under pressure

Group Interviews
There are two types of group interviews. One is being interviewed by a group (or panel) of interviewers, the other is being interviewed with a group of other applicants.

Interviews in a Public Place
Employers sometimes schedule job interviews in a public place, like a coffee shop or restauarant. Here are tips on how to interview in public.

Mock Interviews
A mock interview provides you with an opportunity to practice for an interview and receive feedback. Here's information on mock interviews, how to set up a mock interview, and how practice interviews can help you prepare for an actual interview.

Panel Job Interview
A panel job interview takes place when an applicant for employment is interviewed by a panel of interviewers. In some cases, the candidate will meet seperately with the panel. In other cases, there will be panel of interviewers and multiple candidates all in the same room.

Phone Interviews
While you're actively job searching, it's important to be prepared for a phone interview on a moment's notice. Here's how to prepare for a telephone interview.

Second Interviews
You passed the first interview with flying colors and you just got a call to schedule a second interview. Here are suggestions on how to use your second job interview to help secure an offer.

Structured Interview
A structured interview is a standardized method of comparing job candidates. A structured interview format is typically used when an employer wants to assess and compare candidates impartially. If the position requires specific skills and experience, the employer will draft interview questions focusing exactly on the abilities the company is seeking.

Unstructured Interview
An unstructured interview is a job interview in which questions may be changed based on the interviewee's responses. While the interviewer may have a few set questions prepared in advance, the direction of the interview is rather casual, and questions flow is based on the direction of the conversation.

Video Interviews
Tips and suggestions for successfully interviewing via video.

Exit Interview
An exit interview is a meeting between an employee who has resigned or been terminated and the company's Human Resources department.Exit Interview Questions

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