Job Interview Techniques

There are a number of job interview techniques that interviewers use to determine a job candidate’s fit for a job opening.

The 3 primary job interview techniques are…

This article focuses on the Informational Interview technique.  You can click on the links above to get more information on the Situational Interview and the Behavioral Interview techniques.

The informational interview is the most commonly applied technique in the interview process.  Fortunately it is also the easiest type of interview technique to prepare for.  An informational interview consists of a number of questions (usually between 10 and 20) over a 30 minute to 1 hour session.

As a general rule you will run into the informational interview technique more often earlier in the job interview cycle (where the primary purpose is screening out unsuitable candidates) or in a Telephone Interview, whereas you are more likely to encounter situational and behavioral interview techniques later in the process.

The most effective way to prepare for this type of job interview technique is to review a list of commonly asked questions.  This site has a large number of questions that you can use to practice before the day of your big interview.

Some practical guidelines for answering questions that fall into this job interview technique are…

Don’t ramble

Keep your answers short and to the point.  Elaborate on your answers only if it adds clarity to the point that you are trying to make.

Make sure you answer the question being asked

Interviewers hate it when you try to ‘avoid the question’ by answering in a roundabout way, or trying to change the question being asked.

If you don’t understand the question, ask the interview to clarify

It’s always better to get clarity on what the interviewer is looking for than to try to ‘guess’.

The key to being successful with the Informational job interview technique is to become familiar with common questions and then practice answering them.