Interviewing At Every Level

Many dynamics of job interviewing have remained the same for many years but interviews have evolved in certain aspects.  For instance, some may occur at a restaurant or coffee shop.  Some interviews are conducted by an office manager or a full panel of interviewers.  Venues and types of interviews have been designed to select the most qualified for the position so it has become necessary to create interviews that identify work-related skills.

A typical job interview is one-on-one between a candidate for employment and a hiring manager. The interviewer will ask questions about the applicant’s experience and skills, as well as about work history, availability, and the personal attributes the company is seeking in the person they will hire for the job.

Some interviews are based on behavior. The interviewer asks questions that identify how a perspective employee will respond in employment-specific situations.

In order to identify a potential employee’s interpersonal skills, interviews are set up in a restaurant or coffee shop.  These interviews often enable an employer to see the more natural side of a job candidate.  Manners come into play in this type of interview. It could be because they are hiring for a field position and they don’t have a local office. Or, it may be more convenient to interview candidates in a setting other than the office, especially if you don’t want your current employees to know that you’re hiring.

Larger corporations use a panel to interview. This allows a company to collaborate on the outcome of an interview.  Often, qualifications can be identified by one interviewer and not by another.  It is possible that an interviewer sees something that another interviewer might dismiss. The purpose of the tag team interview is to get insight from others who work in or for the company. They are not only looking for the usual background, education and experience, but how you get along with various members of the team

Employers use phone interviews as a way of identifying and recruiting candidates for employment. Phone interviews are often used to screen candidates in order to narrow the pool of applicants who will be invited for in-person interviews. A screening interview is a type of job interview that is conducted to determine if the applicant has the qualifications needed to do the job for which the company is hiring. A screening interview is typically the first interview in the hiring process.

Sometimes, a second interview is a one-on-one interview with the person you originally interviewed with, other staff, or it can be a day-long interview. You may meet with management, staff members, executives, and other company employees.

When you have made it through the first interview, then a second interview you might think you’re done with the interview process and you’ll soon find out whether you’ll be receiving a job offer. That’s not necessarily the case. You may have to endure a third interview and possible more interviews after that.

Video interviews are becoming more commonplace in the workplace. As hiring becomes more global, both for employers and candidates, video interviewing is a way to expedite the interview process.

Boston College.” Types Of Interviews –. Web. 06 Nov. 2012.


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