Common Types of Interviews You May Encounter on the Job Hunt

Creative professionals encounter various types of interviews while on the job hunt. From phone screening interviews to technical interviews, and everything in between – which can make it rather difficult to feel prepared. Luckily, we’ve created this post just for you. Below, we’ll review 5 types of interviews you’ll likely encounter while searching for your dream job.

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In this post:

  1. The Phone Interview
  2. The Video Interview
  3. The Behavioral Interview
  4. The Case Interview
  5. The Technical Interview

It is likely that you’ve experienced a traditional interview at some point in your career. You know, a typical interview where you sit down with an individual person and answer questions regarding your work experience, educational background, and interests in the company. Surely you are familiar with that process, so we won’t spend much time discussing that. Instead, we’ll focus on the other types of job interviews you may encounter on your journey. Just keep reading!

1. The Phone Interview

A phone interview is typically the first-round screening for an employer. During these calls, a company representative or hiring manager will usually discuss your background, qualifications, and why you are interested in joining their organization. The goal of this type of interview is to determine if you would work well for the role.

Phone Interview Tips

  • Research the company beforehand and prepare a list of questions to ask about the position
  • Keep your resume and cover letter handy so you can refer to your work experience without forgetting any important details.
  • Choose a quiet, private location that has good signal strength.
  • Make sure your phone is fully charged to avoid being disconnected prematurely.
  • Be mindful of your tone when you speak and the pace at which you talk. Remember to slow down and answer each question thoughtfully.

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2. The Video Interview

These days, video interviews are very common – especially with companies hiring remote workers who are stationed in various locations across the world. In these interview types, you’ll likely be interviewed via a video conferencing software platform such as Skype, Zoom, or even FaceTime in some instances.

Video Interview Tips

  • Test your technology ahead of time to ensure that your internet connection is stable and that your camera and microphone are operating properly.
  • Take your video interview in a private space to avoid distractions and interruptions from family and friends. 
  • Choose a well-lit space with a clean and professional-looking background.
  • Dress professionally, in a similar fashion to what you would wear to an in-person interview.
  • Be aware of your body language, tone, and facial expressions. Do your best to sit with proper posture, smile, and look inviting.
  • Speak clearly and concisely. Do your best to maintain a nice pace and avoid speaking too quickly.

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3. The Behavioral Interview

Behavioral interviews are designed to help employers assess how well candidates have handled specific situations throughout their careers. During this type of interview, candidates are often asked to provide examples of situations in which they’ve demonstrated the skills the company is seeking. 

Behavioral Interview Tips

  • Come prepared by reviewing the job listing, researching the company, and compiling a list of relevant experiences to refer to. 
  • Listen carefully to each question that the interviewer asks and request clarification as needed. This will help you to answer questions thoroughly and provide relevant examples. 
  • Try not to rush through your answers. Don’t be afraid to pause and think before speaking. 
  • Give honest responses. Don’t try to impress the interviewer by responding with what you think they want to hear. Instead, recount your experiences authentically. 
  • Use specific examples to showcase your skills – i.e. “During my time with X company, I grew our social media accounts by 50% in the first 3 months.”
  • Prepare a list of questions to ask the interviewer about the company, its culture, and what they are planning for the future.

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4. The Case Interview

During case interviews, candidates are often given a hypothetical business problem to solve. The goal of this type of job interview is to gauge your problem-solving skills and see what strategies you could come up with to solve issues at the company. 

Case Interview Tips

  • Read the case (or challenge) carefully and ask the interviewer clarifying questions to ensure that you have a full understanding of the problem you’re trying to solve.
  • Use data to support and validate your strategy.
  • Communicate your strategy clearly and concisely. 
  • Be creative and try to think outside of the box to come up with a solution to the challenge presented.
  • Practice by reviewing case studies and participating in mock interviewers. 
  • Express your enthusiasm for the position and let your personality shine through. 

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5. The Technical Interview

Technical interviews are used to assess skills that are integral to the specific job one is applying for. During these types of job interviews, candidates may be asked to take technical tests, participate in coding challenges, or demonstrate their skills in other ways. This type of job interview is most common at highly competitive companies – especially those in the tech industry. 

Technical Interview Tips

  • Research the company thoroughly and brush up on the technical skills that are relevant to the job position you’re seeking.
  • Study your craft to make sure you have an understanding of the fundamentals of your industry. This may include reviewing concepts such as algorithms and data structures or reading about artificial intelligence.
  • Practice coding. Before the interview process begins, make sure you are comfortable with solving common coding problems. 
  • Review common interview questions asked in technical interviews and prepare answers ahead of time. Even if those specific questions aren’t asked, doing this will help you feel more prepared.
  • Be honest with the interviewer. If there is a technical problem that you absolutely cannot solve, make sure you express that to the person interviewing you.
  • Follow up and send a thank you message to the interviewer. 

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