November 13, 2021

Best Techniques for a Successful Job Interview

Sapna Agnihotri

There are many different types of job interviews and several different interviewing techniques. If you ask HR professionals and experienced recruiters, each of them will have its own favorite interview technique and interviewer hacks tips and tricks. Learning about the latest trends in conducting job interviews and innovative, creative interview techniques is a must for every employer who wants to find the best person for the job.

5 effective Interview Techniques
  1. Phone Interview
  2. Traditional Interview  
  3. Job Simulation
  4. Casual Interview
  5. Virtual Interview

Phone interview

A phone interview is usually one of the first steps in the interview process. If the hiring manager thinks the skills and experience on your resume are a potential fit with the company, they may reach out to you over the phone to learn more about you. Follow these techniques during your phone interview:

  1. Research the company and review the job description beforehand to better explain how you'd be a great fit and why you want to work there.
  2. Practice common interview questions, especially “Tell me about yourself” so you can answer with confidence.
  3. Keep your resume, interview notes and other materials nearby and reference them when needed.
  4. Move to a quiet environment so you can focus and limit yourself from any distractions that may occur during the interview.

Traditional Interview:

Traditional interview questions are typically questions that do not fit in the behavioral or hypothetical categories. They are typically common interview questions such as:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why do you want to join this company?
  • What’s your biggest weakness?

Usually, traditional interview questions are meant to gather background information about a candidate. Traditional interviews can be delivered in many ways. For example, a traditional interview can be structured, unstructured or semi-structured.  

It can be a one-on-one interview, a panel interview or even a group interview. A traditional can also be an interview that can be conducted in the form of a phone screening interview, video interview or a face-to-face interview.  

Job Simulation:

Job simulation (sometimes also called job audition) is the most popular innovative interview technique. Job simulations are becoming increasingly popular among employers because they help companies predict if a candidate is a good fit for a role more accurately.

In a job simulation, a candidate is asked to complete a task they would actually do if they were on the team . In other words, when you use these interview techniques, you don’t ask candidates to tell you about their skills. Instead, you directly observe candidates’ skills and performance.

Besides from the employer, job simulations are also beneficial for candidates, too. By taking part in a job simulation, candidates get areal-life job preview, this in turn helps them assess how much they really like the job. Simply put, they can try out a job and see if it fits!  

Casual Interview:

Many interviewers use casual questions to see candidates from all angles. By making time for informal discussions, most are not trying to trip you up, but they know these casual moments — past the preplanned questions — give them an enhanced view of you.
For candidates, this more casual interview style can present a new set of challenges:

  • What should you wear?
  • What should you bring?
  • How should you behave?

Get ready for a "conversation," "coffee date," or any other type of casual interview in the same thorough way you'd prepare for a more formal, traditional job interview.

  • Conduct research on the organization and its products and/or services, challenges, achievements, and competition.
  • Be ready to discuss your career path and long-term goals.
  • Be prepared to cite specific examples and to tell stories that demonstrate the actions you've taken and the results you've generated.  
  • Just as you would at a formal interview, you should have ideas for how you'd fit into the company and what positive role you could play there.  

Virtual Interview:

A virtual interview is a way for employers to shortlist candidates using online tools. It is also called a video or digital interview. Virtual interviews can be live or recorded in advance. Some of the software used for digital interviews include Skype, GoToMeeting, and Spark Hire.

  • Virtual interviews allow candidates and interviewers to virtually meet from different locations and to coordinate their schedules more easily.
  • Virtual interviews are more complex because you need to know how to use equipment such as video interviewing software, webcams and headsets.
  • Unlike phone interviews, virtual interviews allow the interviewer to see your appearance and body language.

Choosing the right interview techniques is crucial for employers if they want to find the best candidate for their open job position. The interview technique that interviewers choose to utilize can also help them improve the candidates interview experience and stand out from other employers.  

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Sapna Agnihotri, an Accounting and Human Resources Intern at Thaddeus Resource Center. Prior to Joining Thaddeus Resource Center, she worked as a teacher. A graduate in Family Finance and Consumer Science, she studied Accounting from Waukesha Technical College, and lives in Wisconsin.