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Different Types of Employment Interviews


There are a variety of different types of interviews that employers use to screen candidates for employment including behavioral interviews, group interviews, phone interviews, video interviews, second interviews, and dining interviews.

One on One Interview

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A typical job interview is one-on-one between a candidate for employment and a hiring manager.  The interviewer will ask questions about the applicant's experience and skills, as well as about work history, availability, and the personal attributes the company is seeking in the person they will hire for the job.

Behavioral Interview

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Behavioral based interviewing is interviewing based on discovering how the interviewee acted in specific employment-related situations. The logic is that how you behaved in the past will predict how you will behave in the future i.e. past performance predicts future performance.

Dining Interview

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Dining with a prospective employee allows employers to review your communication and interpersonal skills, as well as your table manners, in a more relaxed (for them) environment.

Group or Panel Interview

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A panel job interview takes place when an applicant for employment is interviewed by a panel - or group - of interviewers. There may be one candidate and multiple interviewers, multiple candidates and one interviewer, or several candidates and several interviewers.

Interviews in a Public Place

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Employers sometimes schedule job interviews in a public place, like a coffee shop or restauarant. It could be because they are hiring for a field position and they don't have a local office. Or, it may be more convenient to interview candidates in a setting other than the office, especially if you don't want your current employees to know that you're hiring.

Open Job Interview

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An open interview is an interview for employment where companies accept job applications during a during a block of time when all applicants can attend. Interviews are held on a first-come, first served basis.

Phone Interview

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Employers use phone interviews as a way of identifying and recruiting candidates for employment. Phone interviews are often used to screen candidates in order to narrow the pool of applicants who will be invited for in-person interviews.

Screening Interview

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A screening interview is a type of job interview that is conducted to determine if the applicant has the qualifications needed to do the job for which the company is hiring. A screening interview is typically the first interview in the hiring process.

Second Interview

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Sometimes, a second interview is a one-on-one interview with the person you originally interviewed with, other staff, or it can be a day-long interview. You may meet with management, staff members, executives, and other company employees.

Third Interview

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When you have made it through the first interview, then a second interview you might think you're done with the interview process and you'll soon find out whether you'll be receiving a job offer. That's not necessarily the case. You may have to endure a third interview and possible more interviews after that.
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