How To Handle Different Types of Job Interview

One way or another, most people will have to deal with a job interview at least once in their lifetime. It is, therefore, vital to understand what is required of an interviewee so that you can be fully prepared to be successful.

There are key things to a successful interview process. One must have advance knowledge by doing a thorough research on the post offered, the employer, your own motivation, your achievements and background, your skills, qualities and weaknesses and the questions you might have about the company.

The most common type of interview, of course, is the face to face interview where one or two interviewers discuss your skills, previous job history and aspirations with you.


The most common type of interview, of course, is the face to face interview where one or two interviewers discuss your skills, previous job history and aspirations with you.

However, there are some other types of interviews which have become popular, especially in larger companies as part of a multi-interview job hiring process. 

It's helpful to know in advance what type of interview you are about to experience so you can prepare appropriately. Although they sound daunting, if you understand the process and what's required, they are quite straightforward. You’ll know what to watch out for and how best to prepare.

Aptitude interviews that are becoming very popular these days in big companies; Aptitude tests usually contain questions that directly relate to the skills required to perform the job well. These types of tests usually have a time limit. The key point with aptitude tests is to make sure you read and understand the question thoroughly before attempting to answer it.


Panel interviews usually mean being questioned my more than two interviewers. Each interviewer often has their specific area of expertise, and this gives them the opportunity to assess the contribution you could make to the company from a variety of different perspectives. 

A case interview one where the employer asks you to prepare and deliver a presentation on a particular problem or topic. You would usually be told about the subject of the presentation in advance.

A behavioral interview is based on past activities, for example, one is asked to describe a time they had to work with someone they did not like. This enables them to determine how the interviewer will act in the future when faced with a similar situation.

Depending on your industry there are other specific types of interview. For example if you're interviewing for a catering job, it's not unusual to be asked for a trial or "stage" where you are required to cook under service conditions.

Here are some tips on communicating well at a job interview from the public speaking organization Toastmasters.



The key point about all types of interviews is that they are an opportunity to learn as much about each other as possible.  Interviewers are looking to make sure that the interviewee can either do the job straight away or be trained to fill the role.  They are also specifically concerned with whether the interviewee will fit in with the other employees to become a productive and member of the company "team". As an interviewee, your objective is to find out if this is a company that you would be comfortable working for, do your skills fit, does your personality fit with the company's ethos and will it help you reach your career goals. 

Regardless of the type of interview, it's useful to remember certain key points: Have a well-prepared resume, introduce yourself clearly and directly, modulate your voice, eliminate any distractions, be on time. It's usually helpful to arrive 30 minutes earlier than your scheduled interview time to calm yourself, go over your notes and brush up on your appearance. You can then be prepared to knock their socks off.  A first impression is not a rational reaction; it's an emotional one that starts from the time you first see someone. It’s all about connecting; bond with people and put them at ease. You’ll be more socially desirable. Smile even when you are not in the mood, fake it if you have to, make eye-contact, be careful not to blabber too much, just give the necessary information, show interest in others and listen carefully.

From the screening interview to the final interview, be confident and upbeat. Importantly, be yourself and make sure your answers are truthful - even if it's the polished up version of the truth.  This makes for a consistent impression, and both you and the employer will be able to see if you are a good fit for both the job and the team.