8 Types of Job Interviews

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Job interviews come in all sorts of different formats and if you’re currently in the process of searching for a new job, it is important that you are prepared for what could come your way when it comes to the interview stage. 

In our latest blog, we delve into 8 of the most common types of job interviews.

Traditional Interview

The most common interview technique, a traditional interview involves the interviewer(s) asking the candidate a series of questions to assess their skills, experience and how well they will fit in at their company. 

Phone Interview

A phone interview is used to screen a candidate before they are invited to meet a hiring manager face-to-face. Phone interviews often last no longer than 30 minutes. 

Video Interview

A video interview follows the same format as a traditional interview but will be held over a platform such as Zoom or Skype. Video interviews have become a popular method as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Case Interview

A case interview is designed to test a candidate’s problem-solving and soft skills by presenting them with a business problem to work out. 

Puzzle Interview

A puzzle interview requires a candidate to solve an unusual problem such as ‘How would you weigh a lorry without using a scale?’. A candidate will have to explain how they came to their solution. 

Lunch Interview

Perhaps the most informal interview technique, the lunch interview involves a candidate and an employer discussing a job opening over a meal. Restaurants and cafes are popular locations as lunch interviews are typically held in public. 

Group Interview

A group interview involves several candidates being interviewed at the same time. Typically, candidates will be questioned both in their group and individually and might be required to work as a team to solve a problem. 

Working interview

The working interview is designed to test a candidate's basic skills. Instead of relying on a questions and answer technique, a hiring manager will witness how well the candidate performs when they are assigned a task to complete.

Who is Spencer Clarke Group? 

Since 2017, we've been changing the face of recruitment. From our employees, to the way we do business, to the culture within our office, we're determined to make a difference and create a positive impact on everyone around us.

Recruitment to us isn't just about matching candidates and clients; we’re passionate about finding candidates the perfect job which has the ability to boost their salary and standard of living, better their work life balance and improve their mental health. 

Similarly, we understand the impact which an experienced and skilled employee can make to a business and we love seeing clients thrive through the hard work of candidates which we have placed with them. 

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If you’re searching for a new role, why not visit our job page to take a look at the latest opportunities? Alternatively, upload your CV and one of our experienced consultants will contact you when a relevant opportunity becomes available. 

If you’re struggling to fill a role, why don’t you give us a call on 01772 954200 to see how we can help? One of our consultants will be happy to listen to the challenges which you are facing and advise on the best possible solution for you.

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