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This is an overview of Steve Preston's 2 hour Winning at Interviews (part 2) seminar presentation, without any of the images. Steve explores 8 key interview types and what you need to consider and focus on in order to interview success.
Meal selection: Follow their lead with menu choices and etiquette, don’t order food you won’t eat, don’t order most expensive item, don’t speak with mouth full.
How to win at 8 different types of interviews!
Many different types of interview processes used today to
screen and select candidates
Once selected to attend interview you may experience one of a
number of possible scenarios
Ensure you obtain advance information about the process
Expect the unexpected!
Prepare – (9P’s) and make sure you’re ready to impress
Yes …there are many types of
Yes …things have changed in the
Let’s now explore the various
interview types and focus on the
‘Pieces of Eight’
Considered the most common/traditional
A formal ‘one-on-one’ conversation – individual basis
Your focus is on the person asking questions
Maintain eye contact, listen carefully and respond once a
question is asked
Your goal – to establish rapport with interviewer and
demonstrate how you will benefit their organisation
Often used to screen candidates to narrow the pool for
remaining selection process/interview
Can come out of the blue! If given no forewarning politely
request a mutually convenient time
Challenging – unable able to rely on nonverbal
communication or body language
Prepare as you would for a regular interview
Have resumé, organisation info, points to
highlight, questions, accomplishments etc. in front of you for
Formal Panel - conducted by 2 or more interviewers - can be
Reduces individual interviewer bias – used to obtain different
perceptions of candidate
Interviewers usually take turns to ask questions around specific themes
Ensure eye contact with person asking questions, but maintain eye
contact with everyone. Connect with them all
Demanding – requires constant focus and energy to be alert and
respond to more people
Opportunity to interview outside a formal office setting to get an
insight on how you behave in more relaxed surroundings
Maintain same standards in this situation as you would in an office
Environment might be more casual, but still being closely monitored
Use interview to build common ground
Be sensible with your meal selection – follow their etiquette - be aware
of your table manners
Also known as ‘Trial by Sherry’ or ‘Death by Knife and Fork’!
One of the newer processes using video technology e.g. Skype
webcam remotely or from one of the company’s locations
You will need to set up Skype on your PC, laptop, tablet or phone
Same interview strategies apply as if you were meeting in person e.g.
dress, body language, dialogue plus prep and practice all important
Remember you can still be seen and your expressions will be read
Make eye contact with the camera, check your
monitor, sound, broadband /wifi and be mindful of what else can be
seen on camera!
Ensure you are in a quiet location where you won’t be disturbed
Assessment Centres are extended periods of interviews (1-2
days), assessed tasks and practical exercises held by recruiters or
employers for small groups of candidates to establish the right
Group interviews (often included in an assessment centre) are usually
designed to uncover professionalism and leadership potential
Part of a wider selection process – often front runners are gathered in
an informal, discussion type interview focusing on a particular subject
or a pre-determined problem or task to resolve
Goal of interview group is to see how you interact with others and
how you use your knowledge, initiative and reasoning to influence
Treat everyone with respect – give everyone a chance
– be aware of the group dynamics – be yourself!
Highly structured interview to reflect the competencies
required by the employer for the particular job
Check the job spec (or interview brief) for the detail and
ensure you fully read and understand the competencies
Competency based questions require very specific answers
e.g. ‘Adaptability’ - “Tell us about the biggest change you
have had to deal with and what was the outcome?
Practice giving clear, concise, positive examples which
highlight your proven ability of each competency
Aim to respond with “I” or use ‘3rd party endorsement’
Employers and recruiters often schedule job interviews in public
places like a coffee shop, pub or hotel lounge
Why? Because…………. Of many reasons e.g. :
- Hiring for a field position and they don’t have a local office
- As an initial informal screening interview prior to formal interview
- Less intimidating - an informal familiar neutral site can help break
down communication barriers, also ideal for ‘networking’ meetings
- To see how the candidate can handle ‘small talk’
- To preview someone’s personality as well as their skill set