Typical Job Interview

So what should you expect in a typical job interview?  For many a job interview ranks as one of the most stressful experiences that they encounter in the professional arena. 

It doesn’t have to be this way however, with proper preparation and research you will find a typical job interview is more like a discussion than an interrogation. 

Depending on the type of job you are applying for, you may have to go through a series of interviews before you are presented with a job offer.  Each of these interviews will have a different purpose, and will likely be conducted in different ways (i.e. phone, face to face) using different techniques. 

It’s important to understand the different types of approaches that you will face in a typical job interview so that you can prepare for them.

Here are some general things you can expect from a typical job interview...

  • Typical job interviews last between 30 minutes and 1 hour
  • In a typical job interview you will be asked between 10 and 20 questions.
  • Most job opportunities require more than one interview. 
  • Typically there is a phone interview first to screen potential candidates.
  • A Face To Face Interview is done to do a more in depth interview.

3 Techniques used by interviewers in a typical job interview

Informational Interview

The classic ‘question and answer’ type interview.  The approach here is for the interviewer to ask the job candidate a series of questions about their job history and qualifications. 

The best way to prepare for this type of interview is to review a list of Typical Job Interview Questions.

Situational Interview

This type of interview focuses on putting the job candidate in a series of ‘hypothetical situations’.  Example:  “What would you do in the following situation…”to get a better understanding of the candidates thought process, and how they develop solutions. 

This type of interview is almost always conducted face to face and is more common in the later stages of the interview process.

Behavioral Interview

This type interview is targeted at understanding how a job candidate has dealt with situations in the past.  Example: “Tell me about a time where you faced XYZ problem in the past, and how did you resolve it?”

Understanding what you can expect in a typical job interviewer is an important first step to getting the job of your dreams.