Types of Interviews

Telephone Interviews: The telephone interviews refer to basically screening interviews used for the purpose of eliminating poorly qualified individuals in order to keep the chosen few ready for the personal interviews.

Screening Interview: Generally this refers to the initial step which an organization takes, after the scrutinizing process of the resumes has been accomplished. The screening interview’s aim is for assessing the personality traits and skills of the prospective candidates. The ultimate motive is “screening out” the applicants who lack adequate skills or do not make a good first impression on the interviewer. The interviewer also “screens in” the candidates who he or she feels would be making significant contributions to the growth of the organization.

Panel Interviews: This form of interview takes place through an interview panel or group consisting of a supervisor and other members of a particular team. Panel interviews are ways for the company for assessing the level of communication, group interaction and for gauging the levels of skill of a candidate. Panel members may ask different questions or in some cases, the identical question is asked by the different members of the panel.

Group Interviews: A group interview is organized to uncover leadership capacity of a prospective manager and an employee who is supposed to be directly dealing with customers/public. A kind of an informal and discussion sort of forum is created where a topic of discussion is introduced and initiated by the interviewer. The specific goal of a group interview is to observe the jobseeker’s interaction with other fellow members and also the way the person uses the reasoning power, logic and knowledge/skills for winning over others.

On-Site Interviews: This refers to an interview call for spending a day or two at the company’s site in order to gain a better understanding of you, your way of interacting with potential co – workers, and for letting you get the firsthand exposure of the organization’s work environment.

One-on-One Interviews: This form of interview takes place once it has been made certain that the particular job seeker is equipped with the skills and educational qualifications that are necessary for the specific position. In the one – on – one interview, the interviewer sees how well the candidate fits into the company and how the skills he or she possesses, complement with the other departments.

Lunch Interviews: The rules are the same in lunch interviews as in general office interviews, but the setting is more informal. However, since it is basically a business lunch, the jobseeker is observed carefully. The jobseeker should utilize the lunch interview for developing common grounds with the interviewer.

Stress Interviews: The intention of a stress interview is to see how a candidate reacts, speaks, or answers under pressure or stress. The interviewers artificially create discomforting situations for the candidate by making sarcastic, arrogant or argumentative/provocative statements. An example is “I think you are not fit enough for this position”.

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