What are the 6 types of interviews?
Answer- Personality Interview, Resume Interview, Job Description Interview, Problem Solving Interview, Skills Interview, Multi-round Comprehensive Interview
So you’ve been searching for your next position and you got an interview. Hurray! But now comes the hard part – ensuring that you’re well-prepared to ace the interview and get the job. This means you must be ready for anything that comes your way, including understanding the various interview styles that you might face. To give you a leg up, we have included a brief summary of the 6 key types of interviews:
1. Personality Interview
Personality interview questions identify and gauge the right personality traits that would be a great fit for the company culture. They generally revolve around your character, work style, and work ethic.
Typically, personality questions will demonstrate:
- Willingness to accept criticism
- Having a sense of team spirit
- Goals and aspirations
- Work ethic or work style
- Integrity in the workplace
2. Resume Interview
“Walk me through your resume.” “Tell me about yourself”. These are common resume interview questions.
A resume interview focuses on your work history as well as your ability to communicate your “story” as it relates to the job you’re interviewing for. Seems simple right? It is not. There are strategic choices you must make. Should you:
- Recount your resume chronologically?
- Focus only on related experience?
- Stick to highlighting accomplishments?
Your approach could mean the difference between getting the job and continuing your job search.
3. Job Description Interview
During a job description style interview, the interviewer is seeking to determine whether you understand the position, and that you have the skills to satisfy the requirements of the role.
The interviewer typically goes point by point through the job description and asks questions. Therefore, you must be prepared to relay stories and experiences from your previous jobs that correspond to the requisite skills in the job description. It is important that you demonstrate that you not only possess each skill, but that you have also excelled at it. Generalities will not cut it here – being specific is key.
Additionally, the interviewer is looking to ensure that you are truly interested in the company and the job. So, a good interviewee will be knowledgeable about the employer and enthusiastic about the opportunity.
4. Problem solving interview
The objective of a problem-solving interview is to discover how candidates tackle complex situations and if they can provide effective solutions. In one approach, the company gives the candidate a narrative on three current issues/problems they might be experiencing and asks the candidate to write a page or two on how they would approach and solve the problem. Additionally, in this type of interview, aptitude and personality testing are often administered.
5. Skills Interview
In a skills-based interview a candidate answers questions designed to assess whether their skill set (hard and soft) best matches what an organization needs. During the interview, the interviewer asks the candidate questions relating to their skills and compares their answers against predetermined criteria. They often ask candidates questions about past work experiences and how they responded to a variety of situations.
In many ways, it can be similar to the job description interview. However, skills based interviews tend to be broader and assess skills beyond the terms of the job description.
6. Multi-round Comprehensive Interview
When hiring for executive level positions, most companies employ an intensive and multi-step interview process which includes all of the foregoing interview types – Personality , Resume, Job Description, Problem Solving, and Skills.
How to Prepare
No matter how experienced you are, interviewing is a stressful process. So having an expert by your side is invaluable. The 20/20 Foresight Executive Marketing & Job Finding experts help take the fear out of interviews by ensuring you are well prepared for every possibility. First, we make certain that you are well-versed in the organization so that you can align your skills with their needs. We arm you with background information on employers including key executives, financial data, organizational structure, and in-depth profiles of the person(s) with whom you will be interviewing. Second, we prepare you for potential questions and conduct mock sessions to get you comfortable. Third, we develop strategies to address potential liabilities in your job candidacy (e.g. gaps in your resume, terminations).
Don’t go it alone and risk losing a great opportunity – connect here with one of our Executive Marketing & Job Finding experts.