What Types Of Interviews Can I Expect?

Hi guys! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m here to help you understand the different methods you may encounter when it comes to interviews. You may have been interviewed 100 times, 10 times or 0 times before, but the truth is, you never really know what’s going to happen! 

In case you didn’t already know, there are actually several different types of interviews you may have thrown at you in life.

I’ve been interviewed many times for different things (and I’ve also interviewed people myself) so I feel like I’m in the ideal position to talk about this. Admittedly, interviews can be scary things, so I’m going to summarise them all for you! Thank me later.

 

The Telephone Interview

What is it?

A telephone interview is when you receive a call from the interviewer and answer questions over the phone.

What to expect?

So, the telephone interview is usually used as the ‘screening’ at the beginning of recruitment, before face-to-face. As you’ve probably guessed, you’re asked questions over a phone call - a lot of people find it preferable because it can be less nerve wracking than meeting someone face to face - although, that’s not true for everyone. Being asked questions over the phone can make you feel a bit ‘on the spot’, so I’m here to give you some advice!

How to smash it

I’ve had 2 telephone interviews before, and my main advice would be: remember, they CANNOT see you. A) They will not see you going red, so don’t worry- chill out. B) Have notes in front of you! I researched the company, specific role and popular interview questions beforehand and made notes for myself to look back at during the interview, just in case I felt stuck at any point- no awkward silences from me!

What will the interviewer want?

The interviewer will expect you to keep a good flow - listen well, then reply. Relax and talk clearly. Oh, and please charge your phone before. Your battery dying mid-sentence won’t be ideal!

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Face to Face Interviews

What is it?

A face-to-face interview is when you meet up with an interviewer, usually at the designated place of work, and answer questions from them.

What to expect?

A traditional face-to-face interview is probably the most common type of interview. It sounds scary, but once you’re in there and chatting away, you’ll feel more relaxed. Expect a fairly formal setting - usually it’ll be 1-2 interviewers to 1 interviewee, taking turns to ask questions. Depending on the company you’re interviewing for, questions can really range in topics - it’s best to do some research beforehand to get a feel for their values, ethos and what they’re looking for.

How to smash it

Being confident (although not overly) even when you’re not feeling it is key - sometimes, you’ve got to fake it until you make it. No matter how nervous you are, sitting there and weeping probably won’t impress! Breathe, make sure you’re prepared and relax - you’ve got this!

What will the interviewer want?

The interviewer will definitely be wanting relevant, clear and  well-thought out answers. Sometimes, less is more! Don’t forget the basics, either - make sure you’re looking smart and presentable, be enthusiastic and interested and always arrive with time to spare. Being late is a big no-no - remember, you’re in competition for this job.

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Work Trial/Trial Shift

What is it?

A work trial is when you go to the place of work and experience a typical day or shift there. It’s a chance for you to find out for sure whether this is a place you can see yourself working at, and similarly for the employer to see if you have what it takes.

What to expect?

So, you could say a trial is being thrown in at the deep end - well, sometimes, that’s the only way to learn! Depending on the company you’re trialling for, it could be very different - for example, a shop or a restaurant might ask you to come in for a few hours to experience a shift. Or, if you’re going for an office-based job, they may invite you in to experience a typical day there.

How to smash it

As nerve wracking as this may seem, remain confident and never feel afraid to ask questions. Everyone will build an opinion of you throughout the day - be on game as soon as you walk through the door. Sometimes, a trial day can feel far less pressured than an interview - you just get on and show how you can use your initiative. Get stuck into anything that’s thrown at you!

What will the interviewer want?

The interviewer will want you to show that you’re comfortable in the role they’re offering, but don’t worry - of course they’re not going to expect you to be an expert already. They’ll want to see you use your initiative, but will also appreciate you asking relevant questions when necessary.

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Group interview

What is it?

A group interview is when you’re interviewed in a group with other interviewees - the typical sizes of a group can vary.

What to expect?

You may not even be aware that your interview is a group one - I’ve been to two; one with around 6 people which was a total surprise and one with over 20, which I was prepared for! I’d advise you to prep and contact the employer if it’s not clear what sort of interview you’re going to be attending. It’s just a way for the company to screen multiple candidates in one go; they may include activities, games or just go round the group asking questions. Some people love them because they can feel more friendly and informal, whereas others dislike them because you might not get to say everything you wanted.

How to smash it

Remember, you’re not the only one there. Make sure you get your say - smile and stand out! Show enthusiasm not only in yourself but in other people’s answers. That being said, don’t obviously try and take the lead - involve others whilst getting your voice heard.

What will the interviewer want?

The interviewer won’t notice you if you’re quiet and allow yourself to be completely spoken over, so speak up, talk clearly and make clear and concise answers. The interviewer will want you to dive in and take part in everything you’re asked. Speak when it’s your turn and also allow others to have their say - staying attentive is important and it will show the interviewer that you work well in a team!

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So, there we have it guys  - we’ve summarised the 4 main types of interviews! If you still aren’t sure about any of these interview methods and want some more guidance, feel free to email us at hello@furthermyfuture.com.

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