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There are many differing types of interviews.  These days you could just as likely be asked to meet at a café. This has become particularly common for some recruitment agencies and companies wanting a more relaxed or informal approach.  If in another district, city or country the interview could be by Skype.

Try and find out what type of interview you are facing, who will be there, titles of those attending, approximate duration and any special requirements.  Make sure you are well prepared and do your homework.

Behavioural The focus of this type of interview is your experience and how you can relate this to the position for which you are being considered

Situational This form of interview is quite similar to a behavioural interview, the main difference being that, with situational interviews, hypothetical questions are asked to try to ascertain how one would react if placed in a specific situation, as opposed to looking for specific examples based on past experience.

Unstructured This form of interview can be used to look for personality traits and to assess your culture fit for the role. An unstructured interview is normally quite conversational and is based more around a discussion of your previous work history.

Group Assessment Centres This type of interview can be chosen by companies if there are a considerable number of applicants suitable for a given position. Group interviews can become very complicated if everyone talks at once so it is advisable to bring a note pad with you to highlight discussion points.

Panel Interview This will normally consist of several interviewers from perhaps different areas of the company. Depending on the job itself, each interviewer will have differing questions aimed at finding out what ultimately concerns them.



"The interview session was really helpful and practical. She gave me a lot of suggestions regarding the way I should answer the questions in the interview and I found her very professional and encouraging. She was very efficient and responded to my request in a timely manner. I really enjoyed working with her and looking forward to working with her again in the near future."

Alison, Primary School Teacher, Auckland