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Types of Interviews
There are various types of interviews however the three types of interviews listed below are by far the most popular. Many organisations use a combination of all three interview types below to ensure they hire the right talent.
Also called unstructured interviews, these interviews where the interviewers ask a few questions that are relevant to what they are looking for but without any specific aim in mind, other than getting an overall impression of you as an individual. Questions may be quite open and unstructured.
Sample Interview Questions (Biographical Interview Questions)
What research have you done to prepare for this interview?
Tell us about yourself?
Why did you leave your last role?
Why are you interested in this position?
Why are you interested in our organisation and what do you know about us?
Please describe your key strengths and weaknesses?
How have you developed yourself over the last 1-2 years?
Tell us about a mistake you made in your career.
What are you most proud of in your career to date?
Why would we hire you?
Also called structured or behavioural interviews these are used to assess competencies or skills that are attributable to the job description. You will be asked questions related to your behavior in certain circumstances, which then must be backed up with specific examples. All candidates are asked the same or similar questions and can therefore be assessed in a structured and objective manner.
Some competency-based questions may include:
Describe a situation where it was important that you identified and understood the needs of others on your team.
Can you give us an example of when you had to be particularly supportive to others on your team.
Can you tell us about a time when you had to adapt your own style to work effectively with others on your team.
These are essentially interviews to test your technical ability, usually related to the technical knowledge required for a role. They are common amongst engineering, mathematical, IT, actuarial and scientific fields. In these types of interviews, interviewers are usually assessing your technical knowledge as well as how you apply your technical knowledge to real working situations. They may also be looking at how you set about solving a problem, how you think and more importantly, how you communicate your thinking during the interview.
Most technical questions asked in an interview will relate directly to the job role. Therefore, you can get a good idea of what questions they might ask you from the job description.