Assume you've done your strategic networking, obtained some names and numbers, tapped recruiters, and been referred to the right people in the right places. It's now time to learn some crucial information about the interviewing process.
The sections that follow provide an overview of the various types of interviews, how they work, and what you can expect during each of these interview situations. Some companies will actually put you through all of these interview steps before making a hiring decision. In some cases, you may be able to skip some of the intermediate stages.
There is no specific job being discussed. The goal is to learn about the industry, company, people, skills required, cultural fit - and possibly conduct additional research or generate more people to contact.
The first step in narrowing the pool of candidates being considered for employment. An outside recruiter or an in-house Human Resources representative may screen candidates. This is usually done over the phone.
Manager of Hiring:
This type of interview, which is usually conducted by the person for whom you would be working, provides an in-depth look at an applicant to confirm desired requirements and/or technical abilities, motivation, and overall personal and cultural "fit" with the organization.
A series of sequential interviews, some of which are formal and some of which are informal (such as over lunch), conducted by team members, peers, or colleagues in departments with whom you, as the applicant, would interact. Getting to this stage implies that the hiring manager liked you and "passed you along" for approval by the team. If you get "thumbs up" from everyone on the team, you have a good chance of getting the job.
A more formal and structured interview conducted (at the same time) by a panel of three or more peers and the hiring manager to narrow the field of candidates. This may include behavioral interviewing techniques, hands-on tasks, or an assignment to work on a real-time problem that the group is facing. In long-distance situations, a conference call or videochat format may be used.
The hiring manager or human resources representative formally extends an offer to the top candidate. Their priority is now to provide you, their top candidate, with the information you need to make an informed decision and enter into a win-win negotiation process. This will result in the best possible deal for YOU as well as the company you have just hired as your NEW EMPLOYER!
Remember, no matter what type of interview you have, there is only one key to success: PREPARATION. By practicing the interview skills required for all of these types of interviews, you will significantly increase your chances of receiving an offer!
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