Types of Interviews

Lunch interview PDF Print E-mail

A lunch interview is simply an interview held over lunch. It takes a different approach and different preparation. The interview will probably be slightly longer than normal. Lunch Interview Etiquette:
Do not worry too much about lunch interview etiquette, employers are more interested in your ability to do the job rather than your table manners although a certain level of education and manners have to be shown. If you follow the normal table manners you will be fine unless VIP dining is part of the job.

Do not:

  • Sneeze on food.
  • Dunk bread in soup.
  • Be rude to the waiter.
  • Get drunk.
  • Place elbows on table.
  • Speak with your mouth full of food.
  • Chew with your mouth open.

Lunch interview Tips:

  • Check out the restaurant. The menu could be on their web site. If not, stop by and have a look.
  • Choose a small, light meal. You will be talking more than the interviewer so he will finish first.
  • Avoid meals which will give you a strong breath.
  • Avoid meals which require a lot of chewing.
  • Avoid things that have a lot of fluid, such as soups etc.
  • Avoid things that are hard to eat such as lobster, oysters and the like.
  • Give more attention to the interviewer and less to your lunch.
  • Make sure your lips are clean and wipe them often.
  • Choose something in the same price range as your interviewer.
  • Do not complain about the food.
  • Do not drink alcohol during your lunch interview.
  • If unpredictable situations happen during the lunch interview stay composed and show a sense of humor.
  • Follow the what to wear for a job interview guide.

The Bill:

  • If the interviewer requested a lunch interview he will pick up the bill
  • If you have initiated contact and requested a lunch meeting then the bill is yours


Phone Interview PDF Print E-mail

This kind of interview is often the first contact with an employer. A phone interview is also used when candidates reside in other countries. The most important thing to remember in phone interviewing is that you are working towards a face to face discussion. Phone interviewing techniques.

  • Show enthusiasm. Remember that you do not have the advantage of interview body language.
  • Hold the receiver well. The mouthpiece should be 5 cm from your lips. Speak normally or a notch slower.
  • Make sure there is no background music.
  • Switch your mobile phone off.
  • Switch your computer speaker off.
  • Switch the front bell off (if you can).
  • Lock your pets away.
  • Avoid being too cheerful or overly concern.
  • Make a list of things to say and of your strengths and keep them handy.
  • Practice a phone interview with a friend.
  • Always be positive even if this job change has not been your choice.
  • Do not smoke, chew gum or drink tea during the interview.
  • Avoid salary discussions in a phone interview.
  • Ask when it is convenient to meet for a face to face interview.

Overview of phone interviews
Show interest and enthusiasm. Keep the receiver in front of your lips and speak clearly and slowly. Do not use slang and try to minimize accents. Write notes and do Job Interview Preparation and Wage Research. Concentrate on your positive in the phone interview. At the close of the phone interview ask for a face to face interview.


Group Interview PDF Print E-mail

The group interview is more stressful than the panel interview. You will be "interviewed" in a group. All the candidates/job seekers will be in the same room during the interview.
The group interview will show

  • Leadership qualities
  • Stress
  • Communication with possible team mates
  • How the candidate will face the public and customers
  • What level of knowledge candidates have
  • How knowledge is used in a discussion

Show your opinion but let the other candidates speak. Ignore any candidates who are too aggressive or make any personal remarks. Try to avoid getting in one to one conversations. It is always a good idea to have the final statement in a group interview.
Generally this is not the final interview and short listed candidates will have a panel or one to one interview.


Panel Interview PDF Print E-mail

This kind of interview is conducted by an interviewing panel that is made up of the supervisor and some members of the team. The interview panel can also consist of top level CEOs although this depends the kind of position you are applying for.

The panel interview is a way for the organisation to judge the communication level, interaction with a group and to assess the skill level of the candidate. You will be asked questions from all the panel members, sometimes the same question by different panel members. It is difficult to build the kind of connection with the interview panel as you can in a one on one interview.

You can buy time by asking questions. You should always remain calm and composed during a panel interview. Take a breath and even count to five (in your head), if you see the situation getting out of hand.


One to One Job Interview PDF Print E-mail

The most common interview is the one to one. The interviewer with the interviewee. The One to One Job Interview is a test/conversation and both parties will end the conversation with an opinion. The interviewer: if the candidate is right for the job and the interviewee: if the organisation is right for him.

The interview starts when the interviewee meets the interviewer. We read a lot in body language signs & other non-verbal communication. The clothes you wear are also important.

The interviewer is going to conduct an 'investigation' in order to see if you are fit for the job vacancy and whether you are better at the job than the other candidates. The interviewer will ask questions of a technical nature and of a general nature.

General questions will analyze your problem solving abilities and your ability to socialize with the rest of the team. Always use previous achievements to back any facts you mention. Even if such achievements were at the school newspaper, employers under stand that school leavers have to start from some where.

Job interview preparation is very important. Make notes of your achievements and study the way you talk about them by practicing.

Apart from trying to see if you have the experience and qualifications for this job, interviewers also want to see how you fit in the work environment, the team and how you relate to your immediate supervisor. Therefore, if you have a one to one interview it is very likely that you will have several other one to one interviews. This is a disadvantage over a 'panel interview'. Each time the interviewer is satisfied you move a rung up in the corporate ladder until you're interviewed by the departmental manager (this depends on the kind of job you are being interviewed for).

Treat each one to one interview with great attention. Do not assume that the next interviewer knows what you told the first one. You will need to mention your preparation and qualities each time.