An interview is your opportunity to personally present your qualifications to a potential employer and demonstrate that you are the best candidate for the position. To accomplish this, you must show that your past experiences fit the desired qualifications and that you have a solid understanding of the position and organizational needs/culture. An interview also allows you to gather information to determine whether or not the position and organization are appropriate for you.
- HR: You may be interviewed by one Human Resources interviewer, a few recruiters, or a small team or committee.
- Phone/Video: May take place prior to an in-person interview or may be requested if you are a long-distance candidate. Video interviews use a webcam or other virtual-conferencing technology.
- On-Site Visit: Can last several hours, an entire day, or longer. Usually involves several meetings with different groups including prospective colleagues and supervisors. May include pre-employment testing, a company tour, lunch, or meet-and-greets.
- Group: Typically occurs when multiple candidates meet with an interviewer simultaneously. You may be presented with a group situation or scenario and be expected to work together with your fellow applicants.
- Behavioral: Style of interviewing questions that asks you to relay information about past performance.
- Restaurant: Occurs while dining over a meal in a public space, or may take place on-site, such as a company lunch.
- Pre-Employment Drug Screening: An employer may require you to comply with drug testing as the final stage of the interview process and as a condition of an employment offer.
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- Common Interview Questions, Part 3 from Monster.com
- Ready Prep Interview - A free site with thousands of behavioral job interview questions that are position specific.
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