Different Types of Interviews

Published: 20 September 2018

There are different types of interviews and it is perfectly okay to ask in advance what type of interview you will have.

Types of Job Interviews

There are different types of interviews and it is perfectly okay to ask in advance what type of interview you will have.

Improvised

This is usually done “off the cuff” when you pretty much already have the job and the interview takes place so that they can meet you.

Formal

This is the most common type of interview.  This is what most people think about when they of interviews, where there are one or two people asking you questions.

Group interviews

This is an interview where several candidates are asked to come in all at once.  The group interview is often the first round of interviews, whereas the second round would then be a formal interview.  The purpose is to weed out the weak candidates and find out how you interact in a group situation.

Case interviews

In this interview, you are given a problem to solve.  Sometimes in a group; sometimes as an individual.  You will typically be given a topic to work on for a limited amount of time, then you are asked to show your results and/or give a presentation.

Telephone/Skype interview

This is usually a formal interview, but over the phone or via Skype.  Remember to lock the door of the room you are in to avoid interuptions.

Personality & aptitude testing 

Many companies, especially larger companies and recruitment companies, will ask you to do a personality test and/or aptitude tests. Personality tests may include a Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator test to find out if you are an introvert or extrovert, thinking or feeling (See 16 personalities below). Aptitude tests can be math equations, spatial orientation, etc.