Know about the different types and styles of interviews before you begin to interview for any type of job including: summer, co-op and full-time.
- Screening Interviews In person or by phone. Most on-campus interviews for full-time employment fall into this category to determine if an in-person interview is needed.
- Traditional Interviews usually focus on hypothetical, leading, open-ended and resume-based questions.
- Case Interviews are used by consulting companies and other firms interested in assessing a potential employee’s problem-solving abilities.
- Directive Interviews tend to be impersonal and seek to reveal facts only. The interviewer uses an outline and asks specific questions within a certain time frame. The interviewer works from a checklist and often takes notes.
- Stress Interviews intentionally create and promote discomfort in the person being interviewed. The purpose of this type of interview is to test the candidate's ability to be assertive and handle difficult situations. The interviewer may be abrupt or have a harsh tone. Alternately, the interviewer may stare, be silent, and spend time taking notes.
- Behavioral Interviews require that you talk about your prior experience based on specific questions asked by the interviewer. Typically, you will be asked to describe a situation from your past and answer “Who, What, Where, When and How” questions.
- Group Interviews involve being interviewed by more than one person at a time.
- Second or On-Site Often a follow-up to an on-campus, prescreening interview. Offers may be made on the spot or occur as a result of this interview.
- Structured Interviews Fixed format interview in which all questions are prepared beforehand and are put in the same order to each interviewee.
- Unstructured Interviews In an unstructured interview, the interviewer will ask more open-ended questions. For example:Tell me about yourself.
One Final Thought
An interview that includes a meal or takes place in the context of a social setting should still be considered a “serious” interview. While the conversation may seem more casual, make no mistake you are being evaluated directly and/or indirectly.