Be prepared for different types of interviews

Types of Interviews

Information interviews: Involves the prospective job applicant speaking to an employer about their company and the position or positions available.

One interviewer: The interviewee is formally interviewed by one representative of a company or agency.

Panel: The interviewee is formally interviewed by more than one representative of a company or agency.

Teleconference or videoconference and phone interviews: These are usually utilised when the interviewee is geographically distant from the interviewers.

Assessment centre/group: These can be used in government or corporate recruitment, and can involve spending a day at an assessment centre along with other prospective employees. Throughout the day, interviewees may be asked to participate in a number of tasks and exercises whilst observed by a panel of appointed company delegates. 

Expert tip:

Make sure you watch the videos in Basics

What happens in an interview?

Generally, the interviewer(s) will be comparing you against his or her criteria, either formally or informally.

Typically, employers evaluate your skill level in these areas;

  • Communication/Interpersonal skills - verbal and written
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Time management
  • Leadership/Self Management
  • Specific technical skills

The interviewer(s) may be grading you against each of these criteria as: inadequate, poor, competent, good or excellent. They do this on the basis of evidence you provide in your answers and what you've done previously that demonstrates your effectiveness in these different competencies.