Part I: Types of Employee and Candidate Interviews

The job search and employee selection process takes 90 days from start the finish for a company to hire a new employee.  While the resume and cover letter are one piece of the job search and candidate evaluation process, the interview serves as an opportunity for the hiring manager and job seeker to meet face to face, learn more about the culture and organization, and determine if both are a fit to work with one another.

While candidate interview questions are important, it is also essential for the job seeker to be comfortable with the different types of interviews one may face during the hiring process.  This process includes first, third, second, fourth, and sometimes even fifth interviews.  Although five candidate interviews are rare to fill a job opening, it is not unheard of.

Traditional Face to Face Interview

  • Most interviews are face-to-face. The most traditional is a one-on-one conversation.
  • Your focus should be on the person asking questions. Maintain eye contact, listen and respond once a question has been asked.
  • Use the STAR interview method when answering questions: Situations/Task, Action, and Result.
  • Your goal is to establish rapport with the interviewer and show them that your qualifications will benefit their organization.
  • Keep distractions to a minimum like hair twirling or tapping knees or legs.

Panel/Committee Interview

  • In this situation, there is more than one interviewer. Typically, three to ten members of a panel may conduct this part of the selection process. This is your chance to put your group management and group presentation skills on display.
  • As quickly as possible, try to access the various personality types of each interviewer and adjust to them. Find a way to connect with each interviewer.  Look them in the eye, smile, and be relaxed.
  • Remember to take your time in responding to questions. Maintain eye contact with the panel member who asked the question, but also seek eye contact with other members of the panel as you give your response.
  • In some committee interviews you may be asked to demonstrate your problem solving skills. The committee will outline a situation and ask you to formulate a plan that deals with the problem. You don’t have to come up with the ultimate solution. The interviewers are looking for how you apply your knowledge and skills to a real life situation.

Check out more employee and candidate interview types as you begin to navigate the job search process and prepare for the job interview.

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Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell (@jmillermerrell) is a workplace change agent, author and consultant focused on human resources and talent acquisition living in Austin, TX. Recognized by Forbes as a top 50 social media influencer and is a global speaker. She’s the founder of Workology, a workplace HR resource and host of the Workology Podcast.

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