There are a number of styles and formats that you may encounter during an interview. Companies select the format used to interview potential candidates dependent upon factors such as job type, experience level and company expectations. It is best to be prepared for any of the styles or formats.

Interview Styles

Situational or Performance Interview

Candidate is given a scenario and asked how he or she would handle it

Behavioral Interview

Candidate is asked for examples of past behavior to help the employer predict future performance

Technical Interview

A technical interview is a job interview for any position that relates to the tech industry, including information technology, engineering, and science roles. It can also mean any interview where a candidate is asked about job-specific skills, such as in business and communications. Interview questions may consist of case study scenarios, brainteasers, technical proficiency tests, and problem-solving questions. During the technical interview, the interviewer will assess your technical knowledge and skills as they relate to the needs of the specific job. To understand what questions might be asked, review the job description carefully, paying special attention to the sections that mention technical or job-specific skills. The interviewer is looking for your thought process when solving problems. Technical interviews may take place over the phone, online, or in person, and may range in time from one hour to full-day interviews. 

Case Study Interview

Candidate is introduced to a business dilemma facing a particular company and is then asked to analyze the situation, identify key business issues, and discuss how he or she would address the problems involved. Case interviews are most common for MBA graduates seeking work in consulting or financial firms. Such interviews require significant preparation.

Presentation Interview

Candidate is asked to present to an individual or group. Presentation topic is either provided by the company or may be of candidate’s choice.

Interview Formats

Screening Interviews

Candidate is asked basic questions about his or her qualifications to help the employer determine if the candidate qualifies for an in-person or more in-depth interview

Phone Interviews

Candidate is interviewed by phone — most often used for screening interviews

Video Interviews

Candidate is interviewed by video conferencing. This format is most often used when there is limited budget for travel or the position is located internationally

One-on-One Interviews

Candidate is interviewed by one company representative

Serial Interviews

Candidate goes from one interviewer to another having individual interviews with each

Panel Interviews

Candidate interviews with a group of interviewers in a committee or panel setting

Group Interviews

Candidate is joined by other candidates in a group setting and each answers questions in front of the others

Note: One of the most common interview styles is behavioral interviewing. Please review information about behavioral interviewing.