8 Major Types of Interviews

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8 Major Types of Interviews by Mind Map: 8 Major Types of Interviews

1. Informational Interview

1.1. Purpose--ask for advice and learn more about a career field, employer or job.

1.2. Purpose--make a contact to further develop your network.

2. Screening or Telephone Interview

2.1. Lasts from 10-30 minutes.

2.2. Have your resume, job description, and references in front of you. Prepare as if you were going to be on-site.

2.3. Because people communicate in a mostly nonverbal way, and your interviewer cannot see you, be polished and energetic.

3. Group or Committee Interview

3.1. Meeting with several interviewers at the same time.

3.2. Make eye contact with every person, no matter who asks the question.

3.3. Another type of interview that involves a group is the Sequential Interview, where a group of people interview you tag-team style, one-after-the-other.

4. Second or On-Site Interview

4.1. You may be asked back for a second interview. You made the first round of cuts, but the decision-makers want to know more about you.

4.2. These interviews can last a half day or full day. Ask for an agenda.

4.3. Be alert and enthusiastic.

5. Behavioral-Based Interview

5.1. Performance in a similar situation is thought to be the best predictor of the future.

5.2. Think of specific examples you can share that demonstrate your competence in core behaviors, such as teamwork, communication style, and organizational skills.

6. Task Oriented or Testing Interview

6.1. Problem-solving interview where you will perform some kind of exercise to demonstrate your technical knowledge and skill.

6.2. Sometimes, you will make a presentation to a group.

6.3. Also called an audition interview.

7. Stress Interview

7.1. The interviewer tries to put you on the spot to see how you will respond.

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