Career Success Center : Interviewing 101

Types of Interviews

Traditional Interview

Most popular and designed to see how well you can elaborate and provide support for the information provided on your résumé. 

Questions might include:

  • Determining your level of interest and knowledge in the job or the company
  • Ascertaining your abilities and developmental areas
  • Explore how you might handle hypothetical situations in the work place

Screening Interview

Also called an informational interview and is usually conducted over the phone or email by a gatekeeper, such as a human resources person, or recruiter. They are trying to judge whether you are a viable candidate for the position.

Behavioral or Situational Interview

Used to determine how you might perform by looking at past experiences and behavior. The best approach is to be concise and give answers using real-world examples.

Hiring Manager Interview

This is usually a second or third interview and addresses how well you match the job requirements and company culture. Questions could target past achievements, skills, strengths, and aspirations. You will be measured against other candidates and the focus may be on your areas of weakness.

Initial Face-to-Face Interview

This interview focuses on goals, achievements, skills, weaknesses, strengths, and how well you fit within the team. Good communication and interpersonal skills is critical.

Panel Interview

This type of interview can be especially difficult because you have a variety of personalities and types of questions being thrown at you. Calmness and giving specific answers is important.

Pressure Interview

This is used to assess your reactions under pressure using rapid-fire difficult questioning. The interviewer is trying to identify how well you think on your feet and how well you could survive in a critical situation.

Final Interview

This is the last reality-check.  Questions are repeated and areas of concern are re-visited. It may involve questions regarding salary and benefits. Display your interest in the job and company, and ask relevant questions.