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.
Situational or Performance Interview
Candidate is given a scenario and asked how he or she would handle it
Candidate is asked for examples of past behavior to help the employer predict future performance
Candidate is asked about technical or job-specific skills
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.
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.
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
Candidate is interviewed by phone — most often used for screening interviews
Candidate is interviewed by phone conference where there is a video visual of both parties and they communicate live. This format is most often used when there is limited budget for travel or the position is located internationally
Candidate is interviewed by one company representative
Candidate goes from one interviewer to another having individual interviews with each
Candidate interviews with a group of interviewers in a committee or panel setting
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.