Types of Interviews
It is important for you to prepare for both the type of interview you will have and type of interview questions you may be asked. Familiarizing yourself with the types will help you to be more comfortable and confident for a successful interview.
The Traditional Interview is the most well known type. This type of interview generally consists of standardized questions between one recruiter and one interviewee. Most interviews scheduled through On-Campus Interviewing will have a traditional format. The recruiter anticipates well thought out questions in addition to well-articulated answers. The best questions a student can ask will come from doing research on the employer research as well as on the industry.
It is important for you to prepare for the types of interview questions you may be asked. A commonly used type of interview question is the behavioral based question. These questions can help employers determine how you will react in a particular situation based on the way you handled previous situations. Behavioral based interview questions are best answered using the STAR method. The STAR method is a structured manner of responding to an interview question by discussing the specific situation, task, action and result of what you are describing in order to validate an answer.
The Case Method Interview is the type of interview in which you will be asked to evaluate a hypothetical situation, question or idea. The recruiter is not looking for a “correct” answer, but would like to assess your analytical reasoning skills. The most important idea in this type of interview is to justify the answer given.
Be prepared to address all relevant factors affecting the hypothetical question, situation or idea. Additional questions pertaining to the specific idea may be asked of the recruiter for further clarification. This type of interview is not as common as Traditional or Behavioral interviews.
The Sequential Interview is a series of interviews with several recruiters consecutively. This type of interview is more commonly seen at a Site Visit or Follow Up Interview. Each interview should be treated as a new chance to show how your qualities match the employer’s requirements. Interviewers generally consist of your potential future manager, those with hiring authority, and other key players within the organization. Although the sequential interview can be very tiring, it's important to keep a positive attitude throughout each session.
Team/Panel Interviews are a variation of the Traditional Interview. As organizations move toward more team projects and group decision-making, the Team/Panel Interview helps select candidates who fit into that environment. A panel of 2-10 people questions the interviewee. Each person on the panel has a specific purpose within the interview. Eye contact is very important in a team interview. Remember to pay special attention to each person when answering his or her specific question.
The Stress Interview is the type of interview that tests your boundaries. It is used to determine your tolerance level in withstanding the company culture, customers, and/or other stressors involved with the position. Don’t be stressed if your patience is tested because the interviewer is determining if you are a fit for the position.