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Types and Stages of Interview
Types of an Interview
There are different types of interviewing techniques used in Pakistan. Usually following types are common:
  • Panel Interview
  • One-one Interview
  • Video Conference Interview
  • Presentation / Demo Interview
  • Case Interview
    Panel Interview

    In a Panel Interview, typically 3 to 6 members having different roles in the organization ask candidates questions to assess their knowledge, skills, ability to make decisions, etc.

    One-one Interview

    In one-one interview one person takes the interview; it is an interaction between the interviewer and interviewee.

    Telephone Interview

    Telephone Interviews are becoming more common. They save the employer time and indicate whether a face-to-face interview is warranted. Telephone Interviews are typically used to make a preliminary assessment of a candidate's qualifications.

    Presentation / Demo Interview

    This type of interview requires presentation of already selected /prepared topics by interviewer in front of randomly assembled panel. Questions are asked in between the presentation as well as after the presentation.

    Video Conference Interview

    Video-conference Interviews are becoming more common. They expand the scope of searching for qualified candidates with less cost and time involvement.

    Case Interview

    The Case Interview is a special type of interview commonly used by management-consulting firms and is increasingly being used in many other organizations. It helps the interviewer analyze your critical-thinking skills. If you are not familiar, do not have experience, or you are not comfortable with case analysis, it can be one of the most difficult interviews to undergo. In a Case Interview a candidate is given a problem to see how he or she would work it out on the spot. The problems that are presented come in many forms, but the interviewer wants to assess the candidate's analytical skills, ability to think under pressure, logical thought process, business knowledge and acumen, creativity, communication, and quantitative analysis skills.

    Stages of an Interview

    To find a job in today’s competitive market is a difficult thing from previous decades. Now days the job search and interviewing is a long process. The job interview process depends on the post that a person has applied for.

    Here is a brief description of the four main job interview stages:

    Non-Verbal Communication

    When you enter the room in order to give interview, this is the “first impression” stage. At this moment your non-verbal communication which includes your body language creates your first impression. So be very careful and show confidence through your body language, facial expressions and gestures.

    Research has shown that many interviewers often make up their mind about a candidate in the first five minutes of an interview.

    “First Impression” attributes:

  • Firm handshake (No “dead fish”) 
  • Good eye contact
  • Friendly, genuine smile
  • Good posture
  • Relaxed and confident introduction (Stay away from one word “YES” and “NO” answers)
    Question and Answer Session

    The question and answer session takes up the bulk of the interview. If this part is a naturally flowing conservation rather than a strict question and answer, a person can exhibit his personality in a better way. A person has to be prepared with explicit examples that represent his skills, past experiences, achievements and personal characteristics that show him to be suitable for the job. 

  • Highlight your positive points, your motivation and enthusiasm for the position. 
  • If you need time to think before answering a question, feel free to ask for a moment so you can give a thoughtful answer.
  • Listening can be as important as speaking, so listen carefully to the questions being asked and feel free to ask for clarification.