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The Lowdown on Different Types of Job Interviews…And How to Nail Each One

November 17th, 2015

As one of the top employment agencies in Spokane, WA, Provisional knows that no candidate looks forward to an interview. Oftentimes, they can feel more like an interrogation. This is especially true of you go to an interview expecting a one-on-one and wind up in front of a panel. To help you avoid this situation and feel prepared and confident, here’s a look at different types of interview situations and how to deal with each one:

#1. Phone Screens

Phone screens give hiring managers a chance to learn more about you without having to invest a lot of time. To prepare for one, make sure you:

  • Have access to a quiet room where you won’t be disturbed.
  • Prepare ahead of time, just as you would with a regular interview. For instance, research the company and create a list of questions about the position.
  • Be ready to sell yourself and why you’re a good fit for the job.
  • Keep your resume and notes by your side regarding points you want to get across, so you can reference them as needed.

#2. Job Fairs

A job fair interview is another situation in which you’ll face an employer and have the opportunity to win a full-on interview in their office…if you make a positive impression. When you go to a job fair, make sure you:

  • Find out which companies are attending and make a list of those you’re most interested in.
  • Bring plenty of copies of your resume and business card.
  • Practice a short 30-second sound byte about who you are and what you do so you can easily answer the “Tell me about yourself question” that is bound to come your way.
  • Dress professionally. Job fairs aren’t casual affairs; remember, it will be the first time your next potential employer interacts with you. So you want to make the best impression possible.

#3. Panels

The panel interview is the most feared. And for good reason. It’s much harder to engage with a group of interviewers than just one. To help you keep your nerves in check, make sure to:

  • Find out who will be interviewing you ahead of time and look them up online.
  • Focus on each person during the interview, don’t just focus on those you feel most connected to. That means making eye contact with everyone and addressing each person individually at some point.
  • Send a follow up thank you note to each interviewer afterward. Be sure to write something unique in each note in case they compare notes.

#4. Follow ups.

Depending on the position you’re interviewing for, you may have to go back for several follow up interviews. Employers use second and third round interviews to ensure they don’t make a hiring mistake. To help you stay motivated throughout the process, be sure to:

  • Think about why you want a job. List the best aspects of the opportunity and why you’d want to work there.
  • Find out from the employer when they plan to make a hiring decision. Once you have a sense of the end date, it will be easier and less nerve-wracking to stick out the process.

Need more help nailing your next interview? Give Provisional a call. As one of the top employment agencies in Spokane, WA, we can help you craft a great resume and polish your interviewing skills so you land the job you want! Contact us today if you’re ready to learn more.