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What kind of interviews are out there?

Interviews can take place in a number of different formats. Try and find out beforehand what type of interview you will be attending in order to be suitably prepared!


One-to-one is the standard format for job interviews. You will normally be interviewed by the manager or supervisor of the company. Often these interviews are conversational and the form can be reasonably flexible.


Telephone interviews are often used as an initial screening procedure ahead of an actual meeting. It is important that you speak clearly and keenly. Turn off any nearby distractions such as Facebook or the television. The interviewer can only judge you by what you say, so it is important that you are prepared. Keep your CV and research close at hand. You can make your answers sound more enthusiastic if you smile as you say them.


Panel interviews are conducted by several people. They are typically well structured, whereby each person takes it in turn to ask their own questions. Although these might sound a little daunting, more people means that you stand a better chance of being liked by at least one of them.


A group interview is where you are interviewed alongside several other people at the same time. This is usually just an initial screening technique. You may be asked to solve a problem together. You need to balance your capacity to work with others against your ability to stand out as a leader.


You may be asked to attend several consecutive interviews, possibly with a different member of staff present at each. These are usually used for high-level roles, or jobs which have had a large number of applicants. As the interviews go on, questions will become more probing.


As competition for jobs increases, many tech-savvy recruiters are turning to Skype to screen candidates. Essentially a more modern version of the phone interview, Skype allows employers to cut down on the time and transport costs of face-to-face interviewing. The normal rules apply – make sure that you are dressed professionally, and be well prepared. We strongly advised doing a practice run to ensure that you don’t experience any technical hitches.


This one can be misleading. Generally speaking, this isn’t usually a just a casual encounter. Be on your guard – this is essentially just a one-to-one interview. The social setting will allow your interviewer to assess your interpersonal skills and manners.