Now that we’ve reached the end of our series on types of interviews, here’s a quick summary of all the different kinds you may face and what to expect in each one.
In a traditional interview, you’ll be interviewing in person so paying attention to your appearance is important. You’ll want to plan your schedule so you have plenty of time to drive to the interview and arrive early. When you’re answering questions face-to-face, maintain eye contact and notice your body language. You can also read the energy of your interviewer in an in-person interview and be able to answer questions accordingly. This is on top of all the typical preparation of an interview.
Cutting down on distractions will be key for the phone interview. This style of interaction is the toughest for connecting with your interviewer because there is no way to read their facial expressions or body language. What’s most important during this style of interview is listening carefully to everything that is said. Everything you gather from the interview will be based solely on what you can hear, so it’s more important than ever to pay attention to your grammar and speak clearly.
When called for a video interview, you’ll want to dress the part just like you’re doing an in-person interview. Making sure your technology is up to date is important too. Before the interview, do a trial run to make sure your connection and platform for the interview is working. A video interview also allows you to read body language a little more than one that is just over the phone. Otherwise, the preparation is the same as any other interview style.
When faced with a behavioral interview, the first thing to do is know as much as possible about the position you’re interviewing for because you’ll be asked questions related to situations you may be facing. Thoroughly read the job description and prepare stories from your experiences that match what they’re looking for. Use the STAR method (Situation, Tasks, Actions, Results) to detail the stories you have to tell. Also, focus on adaptability, collaboration, and teamwork for your answers.
If a technical interview is in your future, no surprise, you’re likely up for a technical position. So, for this type of interview, you want to review previous training to be ready to tackle any task they may give you. Technical interviews can involve you performing actual assignments like writing code or troubleshooting an app. For this type of interview, it’s important to show your passion for technology and how excited you are to show your skills.
For a team or panel interview, you’ll be talking with multiple people at one time. You’re more likely to be called for a panel interview for higher positions, like those in leadership. It will involve people from different areas of the company. A team interview involves different people within the same department and is used when a company would like to witness how you fit into a team’s chemistry.
Calming your nerves is key since facing numerous people at one time can be more anxiety-provoking.