How to get special interviews
In order to effectively find a job, it is important not only to know how to pass an interview correctly, but to have an understanding of the special types of interviews that you may encounter. It is not uncommon for employers to use some kind of trick to identify the most suitable candidate. Let’s analyze the nuances of passing various interviews.
A stressful interview involves creating a difficult situation for you and testing your reaction to it.
What kind of situations can happen
- being asked strange or uncomfortable questions;
- they make you wait a long time before the interview;
- you are asked to fill out many different forms;
- being rude to you;
- the interview is not comfortable.
Stress Interview Tips:
To successfully handle a stressful interview, the main rule is to stay calm. The employer’s goal is to make sure you can handle this kind of challenge without losing your temper. You can politely refuse to answer personal questions and not succumb to other kinds of provocations. And if you become too uncomfortable, and if you are not apologized for such a “strange” interview, do not be afraid to give up the job.
Nowadays, a lot of issues are resolved via the Internet, and a Skype interview is quite suitable in order to get to know the applicant and even understand how suitable he is for working in the company.
Skype Interview Tips
- prepare your Skype account (business or neutral photo, adequate account name and information about yourself);
- exchange contacts with the employer in advance, arrange an interview time;
- check headphones, microphone and call quality;
- clean up order, choose a background for the call and set up lighting;
- prepare any documents you may need (printed resume, electronic documents);
- ensure silence during the interview;
- requirements for appearance, behavior and speech – as in a personal interview.
Several applicants or several company representatives (or several on both sides) can participate in a group interview. Of course, this interview will be slightly different from the standard one-on-one interview.
Guidelines for a group interview
- behave politely and kindly with other candidates;
- if you were given a task in common with other candidates, try to be part of the team;
- don’t be afraid to take the lead, but don’t be impudent;
- if there are multiple interviewers, remember their names;
- Maintain eye contact with all company representatives.
In a case interview, you will be asked to find a solution to any (fictional or real) problem situation. This is how an employer can test your intelligence, skills, experience, and even personality. The proposed case will, of course, depend on the scope of the company and the position for which you are interviewing.
Recommendations for case interviews
- find examples of business cases and answers to them in interviews, practice;
- study the information about the company and think about what problem situations it can pose for you, come up with the best solutions;
- during the interview itself, do not be afraid to ask clarifying questions;
- think out loud, compare different approaches to solving the problem, this will show you as an active and thoughtful candidate.
This type of interview allows you to assess the competence of the applicant by asking questions about his past experience. That is, you have to describe real life experiences or from past jobs so that the employer learns more about your skills and behavioral reactions.
For example, in order to conduct a liability check, you may be asked to tell about a case when you faced a tough deadline: did you do it, how did you do it, did it work well, and so on. Your job here is to be honest and detailed about something similar in your experience.
Behavioral Interview Tips
- analyze your profession, vacancy and company in which you want to work, and think about what characteristics you can be tested;
- remember your career experience (or even an educational experience for young professionals), think about which successful examples prove your competencies;
- you can contact a career counselor to simulate a behavioral interview and prepare as best you can.