Job Interview Process
The job interview process varies depending on the type of job you are applying for. In this article we will talk about some of the common steps in the process, so that you will know what to expect as part of your job search.
Overview of the Job Interview Process
Step #1: Resume Submission
Before you even begin the job interview process you need to submit your resume. There are many sites on the internet that give advice on how to prepare a winning resume.
Step #2: Phone Job Interview
If your prospective employer likes your resume, the next step in the job interview process is typically a phone job interview, often referred to as a screening interview. This interview is typically conducted by an HR professional, and will be about 30 minutes in length. The primary purpose of this interview is to evaluate a large list of applicants and screen out those who aren't a good fit for the role.
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Step #3: Hiring Manager Interview
If you made it through step #1 and step #2 of the interview process it is likely that you are now competing against less than 10 other applicants. This step is frequently referred ot as the second job interview. You can expect more detailed questions from the hiring manager regarding your skillset, and the interview is typically more in depth, lasting on average 1 hour.
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Step #4: The Interview Loop
Depending on the size of the organization and the nature of the role that you are applying for the job interview process might end at Step #3. However for certain roles and organizations you will be put into a formal 'interview loop' where you may be interviewed by between 3 and 5 prospective team members. The purpose here is to get input from a wide variety of people on your 'fit' for the role.
Step #5: Letter of Offer
If you've made it to this point usually the HR representative will schedule a meeting to discuss the terms of your employment. They will discuss things like salary, vacation, start date and benefits with you and then put those in a formal letter of offer. If you agree to the terms of the letter of offer then you will return a signed copy to the HR representative and begin your employment on the specfied date.