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Types of interview

While some companies will only call you for one interview, we find that the majority of our clients will have an interview process involving several stages, each of which is designed to assess your suitability for the job in different ways. You will usually be interviewed by a different person or group of people at each stage, increasing in seniority each time. Below are some of the types of interview you may encounter.

Telephone interviews

Some companies use these as the first stage of the interview process. You are likely to be asked to have a telephone interview if the job or company you’ve applied to is based internationally. It’s important to prepare for a telephone interview in the same way you would for a face-to-face interview and maintain a professional manner throughout the call.

Skype interviews

These are increasingly common and are usually introduced to the process if the job or company you’ve applied to is based overseas. Again, preparation for a Skype or video-conferencing interview is just as important as for an interview in person. Ensure you look smart and position the webcam so you have a neutral space or blank wall behind you.

Competency based interviews

This type of interview is designed to assess your skills and qualities against those required for the job. At this stage, the recruiter is likely to want to hear detailed examples from your previous experience which demonstrate the skills outlined in the job specification.

Portfolio based interviews

If you are appliying for a creative role, you might be asked to attend an interview and bring your portfolio of work. The interviewer will then look through your work and ask questions based on particular pieces.

Technical interviews

You will be asked to demonstrate specific technical skills and abilities in this kind of interview. The interviewer may ask you theoretical questions based on scenarios which might arise while you are in the role.

Panel interviews

You will be interviewed by more than one person during a panel interview. Usually one person from the panel will lead the interview but expect questions from all members of the group and treat them all with equal respect, maintaining eye contact as you address their individual questions.

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