Interviews are a very important element of the selection process. It is an opportunity for the employer and the candidate to meet, gather information about each other and to make an informed decision.
PurposeInterviews are an important element in the selection process. It is an opportunity for the employer and the candidate to meet, gather information about each other and to make an informed decision.
It is essential that candidates are well prepared for interviews.
What things does the employer look for at the interview?
Types of InterviewsStructured Interviews
This is the most common format with either one or two interviewers. Typically they have prepared a set of questions the interviewer will ask each candidate. This is considered the fairest approach as
To shine in this kind of interview, you need to give answers that stand out from the other applicants. The best way to do this is to prepare for possible questions in advance.
Each panel member has a different reason for being there
Establish who (names & position) will be at the interview before hand.
When answering questions, address them to the person who asked you. You should look at the other panel members whilst you are answering, but start and finish the answer, looking at the person who asked it.
Group interviews are also conducted by large organisations where several candidates are brought together to discuss work related issues and to provide a solution in a simulated business environment. It is designed to assess candidates on workplace behaviours, team playing, leadership, and communication / presentation skills.
Group interviews are often assessed by one or more Human Resource practitioners.
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