When preparing for an interview, it's essential to understand the different formats that potential employers may use. This knowledge can help you manage your presentation and budget your time effectively, as each interview format requires specific preparation on your part. Below are several common interview formats that you should know about:
Traditional InterviewThe traditional interview is the most common type of interview. It's usually conducted as a one-to-one conversation, where the interviewer asks a series of questions, often working from a script with some follow-up or clarifying questions. In some cases, the interviewer may not have a list of questions, and it's critical that you help keep your responses focused on their identified needs. To prepare for this interview format, you should research the employer and the industry beforehand and practice with sample questions.
Behavioral InterviewingThe behavioral interview is based on the premise that the best way to predict future behavior is to determine and evaluate past behavior. These interviews require special preparation and skill to perform well.
Employers identify a profile of behaviors of interest to the organization, such as customer service, initiative, planning, stress tolerance, organization, problem-solving, leadership, creativity, flexibility, motivation, teamwork, and technical knowledge.
The interviewer typically asks open-ended questions designed to stimulate recollection of a situation to explore how you have behaved in that situation. For example: “Tell me about a time you…”
• Balanced/prioritized several tasks within a short period of time.
• Dealt with an unproductive or uncooperative colleague.
• Found better ways to perform a task. How did you handle the situation?
To excel in this format, you should use the "STAR" Technique to organize and deliver your response to the question effectively.