Types of interviews….!

Types of interviews

Common types of interview are:

  • competency-based – focussing on the skills and personal qualities you need, you’ll have to relate your skills and experience to the job
  • technical – usually for technical jobs in areas like IT or engineering, you’ll have to display your technical knowledge of a certain process or skill
  • face-to-face – in person
  • panel interview – where one person usually leads the interview and other panel members take it in turns to ask you different questions
  • telephone or online – this could be the first stage of the interview or the only stage, and you should prepare in the same way as for a face-to-face interview
  • informal chat – in some job areas like the creative industries you’ll have an informal, work-focussed discussion about your experience and career aims, usually somewhere like a restaurant or a cafe
  • group discussion – in a group with other candidates, you’ll have to show you can get along with people, put your ideas forward and be respectful of others

Before the interview

To help you prepare, you can:

  • think about which areas of your CV or application form the interviewer might ask you to talk more about, and how you can relate them to the role
  • prepare some answers about why you want the job, what your strengths and weaknesses are, and your relevant work and life experience
  • research the employer, show them you about their organisation
  • think of some questions to ask about the role and the company at the end of the interview, but don’t ask about pay yet
  • try to relax the night before the interview – doing lots of last minute work could make you more anxious and reduce your sleep time



What to wear

When it comes to what to wear:

  • plan what you’re going to wear before the day of the interview
  • find out what the company’s dress code is and wear clothes that suit the company that’s interviewing you
  • don’t wear clothes that you’re uncomfortable in, or shoes that you’ll struggle to walk in
  • don’t wear too much strong perfume or aftershave

Getting to the venue

Check in advance how to get to the interview venue, and how long it’ll take. On interview day make sure you leave plenty of time to get there and aim to arrive a little early.

Get settled and ready to begin

Just before the interview starts:

  • make sure your phone’s turned off
  • ask for water if you haven’t already been given some
  • don’t let your nerves show too much – use breathing techniques and try to remember a few nerves are normal




based on a document from the National careers service

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