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Everything you've prepared for culminates in being able to deliver a successful interview. It is important to be prepared for this vital step in your job search.
A behavioral interview is designed to provide the employer with an in-depth look at your abilities. Employers will ask for for specific examples of how you did things or handled certain situations. The thought process behind these questions is that past performance is a good predictor of future actions.
Case interviews are designed to scrutinize quantitative skills, analytical skills, problem-solving skills, creativity, flexibility, the ability to think quickly under pressure, listening skills, business acumen, keen insight, interpersonal skills, the ability to synthesize findings, professional demeanor, and powers of persuasion.
The phone interview is a screening device meant to eliminate candidates and narrow the pool of applicants for personal interviews. It is useful to have notes nearby. Pauses to think seem longer when the interviewer is not physically in your presence, so be careful. Since you cannot use body language, it is important to use vocal inflections as a substitute.
In a committee interview you will face several members of the organization who will be actively involved in the hiring decision. Each member may ask you a specific question; answer to that person, however include other committee members in your delivery.
Group interviews are structured to have several candidates interview for the same position at the same time. The goal of the group interview is to see how you interact with others and how you use your knowledge and reasoning skills to win over others. It is important to make sure your voice is heard, however it would not be to your advantage to dominate the conversation and exclude others.
In a structured interview, all candidates are asked the same questions for the interviewer's ease in evaluating applicants. If there is important information that you have not conveyed by the end of the interview, be sure to present your additional qualifications when asked if you have any questions or anything to add.
This type of interview may appear to be more casual, but remember it is a business lunch or dinner and you are being evaluated carefully. Use this type of interview to develop common ground with the interviewer. Follow the interviewer's lead in both selection of food and in etiquette. It is expected that the employer will pick up the check.
Second Interview - Site Visit
One purpose of this interview is to provide you with an opportunity to meet other staff members. A second reason is to allow more people to interview you in greater depth to determine if you are a good match. The visit may take part of a day, an entire day, or perhaps even longer. When an organization offers to pay your expenses to travel to the interview, be prudent in submitting costs.
Recruiters conduct live, face-to-face interviews with applicants via personal computers equipped with cameras and speakers as a more personalized version of the telephone interview. You would use the same strategies as if you were meeting in person. Your goal is still an invitation to meet personally for a second interview at the organization's location.
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