Types of Interviews
Employers use screening interviews to determine if there might be a match between the candidate and the position. Generally they will not make a hiring decision based upon the screening interview but will narrow the candidate pool to the top candidates for a more in-depth, on-site interview. The typical screening interview lasts 30 to 60 minutes and may be over the phone or in person.
Screening interview format:
- Welcome and introductions
- Small Talk
- Interviewer describes company and job
- Questions from the interviewer
- Questions from the candidate
Phone interviews are often conducted:
- When it is not convenient for the employer and candidate to meet in person
- When there is a large applicant pool and the employer wants to narrow the field before on-site interviews
The employer typically arranges the time with the candidate and places the call. Prepare for the phone interview as you would for an in-person screening interview but follow these additional tips for success.
On-site Interviews/Second Interviews
Congratulations! You made it through the screening interview and are now in the list of top candidates for the position. The on-site or second interview will generally result in a job offer to one of the candidates so it is essential to be prepared.
- Tend to be significantly longer than screening interviews, from several hours to an entire day, depending upon the level of the position
- May include tours of the facility and dining with company representatives
- Will probably include meeting a variety of individuals such as supervisors, colleagues, and support staff. Remember to consider everyone you meet as a potential evaluator!