Here are some ‘Types of Interviews’ you might come across and how to handle them. The Do’s and Don’ts of Interviews.
Understand that every organization is unique, and each will use the interview type that best fits their budget, time and organizational culture. In here I’d touch a few of the interview types that are common to many of these organizations.
This is our second story in our #EmployedPrenuer series.
Some companies do not have the time to conduct traditional ‘hierarchical’ interviews where you meet with HR first, then Hiring Manager, then Head of Department. They choose the Panel type to get everyone to interact with you at once. I call this interview type, ‘We Die Here’!
– Make sure to remember the names of the panellist and address them accordingly when answering questions from them. This goes a long way to improve your hiring chances.
– Look the person asking question ‘koro-koro’ in the eyes and maintaining that eye contact throughout answering questions from them.
– Use your firm handshake for all of them.
– Don’t use bass tone for one person and use soprano for the other. Maintain the same energy for everybody.
– If you know you are not good with names then don’t try to address them by false names. Be sure to have written down their names when it’s called out and choose the ones you can pronounce right. People naturally obsessed with the pronunciation of their names.
This one is called ‘Don’t Waste Our Time’ interview. Organizations use this to check for organizational fit, skills, experience, and qualifications before inviting you in for a face to face interview (if needed). That’s why questions you get for this type are direct.
– Choose the best time and place for your phone interview. You don’t want to be struggling for space on a public bus when your call comes in. Hence, a quiet place does the trick.
– Place your notes and print-outs in front of you. It will help you build relevant points.
– Do not interrupt the interviewer. So, let them finish from the other end of the line before answering questions.
– Make sure not to rush when speaking. Hence, speak clearly. The phone interview in itself can be a test to check your oral communication skills.
This interview is there to access how well you handle the pressure associated with work. It is usually used for roles that involve interacting with high-risk customers. In many cases, the interviewer will take on a personality that you would actually question if it was an interview.
– Be as cool as cucumber. It’s all acting so don’t fall for it.
– Be creative in the way you respond bringing real-life scenarios to play. This is where you can display those Hollywood skills you’ve always dreamt of.
– Don’t get carried away by the interviewer playing an angry customer. You are here because you need a job.
– Don’t make it boring. Stress interviews turn out to be fun eventually.
Face to Face Interview:
In many cases, this is usually the next stage after a phone interview. The organization wants to see if the ‘foneh’ you spoke on the phone is real. The face to face is also used to establish the great impression you must have created on the phone. Make sure to shine!!!
– Prepare!!! Preparation is the key needed to unlock the job.
– Dress professionally. And be sure to dress to suit the organization’s culture!
– Answer questions professionally.
– Ask questions when done.
– Speak confidently.
– Use terms related to your industry.
– Send thank-you notes when done.
– Do not arrive late. It will affect your morale and you might turn out to be nervous if you are not relaxed before the interview.
– Don’t leave your phone on in an interview. If possible, don’t take it in with you.
Sometimes used by organisations when hiring for a resource located far from their location. So, they conduct a video interview to avoid wasting your time travelling to the location. For instance, the company can be in India and candidate in Accra.
– Get your self the best internet service provider. If you are in Ghana and don’t want a delayed video response don’t go with any known network with a history of disappointing. Have a back up handy. Otherwise, it’d be like a ‘sloth’ interview.
– Make sure it’s a quiet place where only you is present. Remember the CNN blooper?
– Because you want free WiFi you decide to go to KFC or that favourite eatery of yours. Wong move! Imagine someone spilling coffee on your laptop when the interviewer asks, “So how much would you like to get paid?”
– Don’t schedule any visit or phone calls for that period.
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This type of interview can actually be a part of any of the above-listed types of interviews. It is used to also check your work patterns and how you would react/have reacted in a real-life event.
– Be honest about how you have handled situations in the past.
– Study as many behavioural interview questions as possible. It helps.
– Tell your own stories. No one will describe an experience better than you who have experienced it.
– When answering, don’t narrate how Mary Slessor stopped the killing of twins & how it relates to you stopping someone from disobeying a policy.
Best is to use this: the STAR Method!
Situation: What is the Scenario?
Task: What needed to be done?
Action: What you did?
Result: How did it end?
This is the reverse of Panel Interview where you have many candidates interested viewed the same time. This is used to test candidates that will stand out in a group.
– Be bold with your chest. It is a competition, so speak out and let your accomplishments resonate in the room.
– Be unique in your personality and don’t blend with the crowd.
– It’s you and the interviewer. Not you and other candidates so focus on the interviewer.
– Do not make fun or refer to any candidate in the room.
– Do not be unprofessional when you need attention to answer a question in the room.
The above are all suggestions we curated for you to get a fair idea of what’s required and even more. The best approach is to be well researched and be true to who you are and employing the best of your courage to sail through every interview.
Are you preparing for a job interview? Have you recently been to an interview? Would you want to share your experience and how you sailed through to get that job? Have you picked up a new trick about interviews? Put all in the comment box below.