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p_3.pngTypes of Interviews

There are many differing types of interviews and 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.

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 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, however 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.