Interviews are meant to provide you with an opportunity of answering and asking questions. There are different types of interviews which vary regarding setting and structure. Examples of interviews include group assessment, a screening process, phone, video, group, and face-to-face chat interviews.
This is a video call which takes place between an interviewer and a candidate. This is mainly used a screening process or for remote working responsibilities or roles. This type of an interview has the same form and structure as the face-to-face interview. Even though most of these interviews are streamed live, you are required to pre-record your answers and then send them to the employer within the stipulated time. It can also involve more than one interviewer.
Some employers would be interested in recording the interview while it is still in progress. This is done for the purpose of comparing the different candidates. It can last for about thirty minutes. During the interview, you are supposed to watch tour posture, look at your camera and avoid waving your hands too much.
- By avoiding any potential interruptions
- Testing your equipment (e.g. internet speed, webcam, sound quality)
- Organizing your surroundings
- Dressing appropriately
The group interview
This involves interviewing several candidates or people at the same setting and time. These are mainly held for roles which involve customer interaction or team work. Some of the activities carried out during the interview include group interview assessments and questions, all of which are meant to test the ability of the candidates to solve problems and communicate effectively. During the interview, the candidates are expected to praise other’s ideas as well as taking criticism on board.
How to prepare
- Plan your outfit
- Practice your answers
- Research the company
- Preparing for the icebreaker
The face-to-face interview
This is a one-on-one conversation which takes place between an interviewer and the candidate. It is referred to as a panel interview when you have two or more interviewers. It is mainly used when recruiting staff. The interviewers will ask you some open-ended questions which are related to the role or job you are applying for. Your ability in answering the questions is used as the key point when making the judgment. Some recruiters will go through your resume to know more about your experience or skills. It is therefore crucial for the candidates to familiarize themselves with their CVs before attending the interview.
Furthermore, there are some interviews which might include quizzes and tests such as proofreading. These are meant for assessing your practical abilities. It can last for 30 -60 minutes. During the interview, you are expected to dress appropriately and be relaxed.
How do you prepare?
- Pick an outfit
- Find the address
- Research the company
- Thinking of some questions which you might be asked