What different types of interviews are there?
When you think of the word “interview”, you automatically think of sitting discussing your skills with another person at a company you’re applying for. Whilst this is correct, there are so many other types of interviews that you may not be aware of, such as; job interviews, research interviews, media interviews, informational interviews, exit interviews and many more. Learning interview techniques are completely transferable and adaptable in any type of interview you are in. Today, we will cover Job Interviews specifically.
Here are 5 top tips when it comes to preparing for interviews:
Building confidence will allow you to become a natural communicator and build an adaptable approach when it comes to speaking to different types of personalities in interviews.
Study the job description and relate it to your relevant experience
Employers are really interested in knowing what you can bring to the table and how your relevant skills and experience can benefit you in the role they are hiring for. Paint a picture to the interviewer on how you can make a difference if you were to be employed.
Practice STAR Method
For behavioral questions, use the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) technique to structure your answers. Provide specific examples that highlight your problem-solving abilities and achievements.
Research the company you are applying to
Thoroughly research the company’s mission, values, products/services, recent news, and the specific role you’re interviewing for. This knowledge shows your genuine interest and helps you tailor your responses to fit what they are looking for.
Prepare with notes
Pre-write responses that can be adapted and take notes of important keywords / pieces of information that you feel may benefit you. Organisation is key and you’ll thank yourself.
Bonus Tip: Follow up after the interview! Send a thank you email or note to your interviewer and thank them for their time. You can also express your gratitude and excitement about the opportunity. This will help you stand out.
Remember, be yourself! Let your personality shine. Preparation is key to feeling confident and making a good impression during your interview.