Career Development Center

The Different Types of Job Interviews

Screening

A few questions designed to find out if you would fit their company’s culture and the basic job requirements. For example, human resource representatives may do screening interviews at job fairs.

Individual

One-on-one interview with a full range of questions about the position.. It is usually conducted at the company.

Tag-Team

An individual interview, immediately followed by another interview with a different interviewer. The interviewers could be an immediate supervisor, the boss, or a co-worker. They may ask the same questions. It is okay to give the same responses.

Group

Interactive type of interview with other people who are applying for the same position. Employers use this technique to see how you work within a group. They look for leadership and team skills. It is mainly used in banks or residence halls.

Stress

A type of interview where you feel like someone is kicking the back of your chair. Usually used for sales or finance positions where they want to know that you really want the job. They may suggest you apply to another company or ask the same question over and over.

Panel

Two or more employees interviewing you at once. They may take turns asking you questions. Direct your answers to the person who asks you a question. As you are answering, calmly make eye contact with the other people at the table.

Peer Group

An interview with potential co-workers. They will probably not have the ultimate authority on making a hiring decision. They will be evaluating you and making recommendations as to how you would fit in.

Luncheon

Lunch with potential co-workers, supervisors and directors from other departments. The purpose of this interview is to assess how you handle yourself in social situations.

Second Interview

Similar to the first interview but longer and with more people; it’s often held at company headquarters. There may be a combination of individual, panel and peer group interviews. The focus is to ensure that you have the necessary skills and that you will fit in with organization’s culture.

Problem Solving

Questions to find out how you think through and solve a problem. How many pennies are in the state you live in? How many telephone poles are there from here to the next largest city? Talk through how you would figure this problem out. It is not about coming up with the right number. This type is usually used in technology or for science related interviews.

(Adapted from the Alaska Career Information System)