Different types of interviews

13 Sep 2019

jobWhen preparing for an interview, one must remember that interview styles can vary greatly depending on the job and its specific requirements. Although one can never fully foresee what an interview will entail, understanding different common approaches will always help. Here are 5 types of interviews, as provided by give a grad a go.

-    Portfolio interviews
As the name suggests, a portfolio interview would entail being assessed on a portfolio or other proven work. It is generally used to interview creatives graduating in graphic design, photography or writing. In an interview like such, remember that your portfolio should be updated and explain each of your works – from the initial inspiration and idea, to the process and final executed piece.

-    Behavioural interviews
Behavioural interviews analyse past situations to find out how you have handled certain tasks. In these interviews, it is important that you brainstorm some good examples from past experiences. Interviewers will generally ask questions such as, “Have you ever struggled to get along with your colleagues on a work project? How did you handle it?” Interviews for roles in sales, consulting and accounting are often faced with this approach.

-    Case interviews
Sometimes thought of as the most nerve-wracking, case interviews consist of a task that is spontaneously brought up to test how an employer can tackle a situation without preparation. This is generally thought of as the best way to test how one would work in a real-life situation, while also analysing critical thinking skills. Finance and business jobs are often opened with an interview like this.

-    Panel interviews
Certain interviews require the opinion of several interviewers, and this is when panel interviews are held. In order to succeed at a panel interview, you should remember to direct your eye contact towards the person addressing you, while also occasionally looking at the other interviewers. Panel interviews are sometimes used in finance and business.

-    Telephone/Video interviews
Interviews held over the phone or applications such as skype are commonly used when the interviewee cannot travel to meet the interviewer. Phone interviews are also generally used as a first step prior to meeting in person for following interviews. It may be harder to concentrate when not seeing the interviewer face to face, so make sure you concentrate on the interview.