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Types of Interviews

Screening 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
  • Closing
Telephone Interviews

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.

      On-site interviews:

  • 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!
These tips for an on-site interview will help you prepare.