Types of Interviews
Lunch interview PDF Print E-mail

A lunch interview is simply an interview held over lunch. It takes a different approach and different preparation. The interview will probably be slightly longer than normal. Lunch Interview Etiquette:
Do not worry too much about lunch interview etiquette, employers are more interested in your ability to do the job rather than your table manners although a certain level of education and manners have to be shown. If you follow the normal table manners you will be fine unless VIP dining is part of the job.

Do not:

  • Sneeze on food.
  • Dunk bread in soup.
  • Be rude to the waiter.
  • Get drunk.
  • Place elbows on table.
  • Speak with your mouth full of food.
  • Chew with your mouth open.

Lunch interview Tips:

  • Check out the restaurant. The menu could be on their web site. If not, stop by and have a look.
  • Choose a small, light meal. You will be talking more than the interviewer so he will finish first.
  • Avoid meals which will give you a strong breath.
  • Avoid meals which require a lot of chewing.
  • Avoid things that have a lot of fluid, such as soups etc.
  • Avoid things that are hard to eat such as lobster, oysters and the like.
  • Give more attention to the interviewer and less to your lunch.
  • Make sure your lips are clean and wipe them often.
  • Choose something in the same price range as your interviewer.
  • Do not complain about the food.
  • Do not drink alcohol during your lunch interview.
  • If unpredictable situations happen during the lunch interview stay composed and show a sense of humor.
  • Follow the what to wear for a job interview guide.

The Bill:

  • If the interviewer requested a lunch interview he will pick up the bill
  • If you have initiated contact and requested a lunch meeting then the bill is yours

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Phone Interview PDF Print E-mail

This kind of interview is often the first contact with an employer. A phone interview is also used when candidates reside in other countries. The most important thing to remember in phone interviewing is that you are working towards a face to face discussion. Phone interviewing techniques.

  • Show enthusiasm. Remember that you do not have the advantage of interview body language.
  • Hold the receiver well. The mouthpiece should be 5 cm from your lips. Speak normally or a notch slower.
  • Make sure there is no background music.
  • Switch your mobile phone off.
  • Switch your computer speaker off.
  • Switch the front bell off (if you can).
  • Lock your pets away.
  • Avoid being too cheerful or overly concern.
  • Make a list of things to say and of your strengths and keep them handy.
  • Practice a phone interview with a friend.
  • Always be positive even if this job change has not been your choice.
  • Do not smoke, chew gum or drink tea during the interview.
  • Avoid salary discussions in a phone interview.
  • Ask when it is convenient to meet for a face to face interview.

Overview of phone interviews
Show interest and enthusiasm. Keep the receiver in front of your lips and speak clearly and slowly. Do not use slang and try to minimize accents. Write notes and do Job Interview Preparation and Wage Research. Concentrate on your positive in the phone interview. At the close of the phone interview ask for a face to face interview.

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Group Interview PDF Print E-mail

The group interview is more stressful than the panel interview. You will be "interviewed" in a group. All the candidates/job seekers will be in the same room during the interview.
The group interview will show

  • Leadership qualities
  • Stress
  • Communication with possible team mates
  • How the candidate will face the public and customers
  • What level of knowledge candidates have
  • How knowledge is used in a discussion

Show your opinion but let the other candidates speak. Ignore any candidates who are too aggressive or make any personal remarks. Try to avoid getting in one to one conversations. It is always a good idea to have the final statement in a group interview.
Generally this is not the final interview and short listed candidates will have a panel or one to one interview.

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