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This job interview advice will help you prepare for any type of interview the employer may have in store for you.
Knowing the techniques employers may be using can help you to be well prepared for anything you might experience.
More often, telephone interviews are not scheduled ahead of time, so you'll need to be prepared. One of the simplest pieces of job interview advice I'd give for telephone interviews is to keep your resume near your telephone when you are job searching. That way you'll always have your information close by and be ready for the interview.
If an employer calls to interview you over the phone, and the interview hasn't been scheduled ahead of time, do everything you can to ensure you're in a quiet environment. If you need to, it's fine to say to the employer, "Would you excuse me for just one minute while I go to a quieter room?"
If there's chaos happening at your home, and an employer unexpectedly calls for a telephone interview, and you can't get away from the noise, it's fine to apologize and ask if you could call back at a time that's convenient for the employer. That strategy is definitely preferable to struggling through a telephone interview while you're distracted and embarrassed by noise and chaos in the background.Psychological Testing
Do not try to "beat" personality tests by writing what you think the employer wants to hear. These tests have lie scales built into them, so the person who interprets the test will know if you are trying to manipulate the outcome.Second Interview (and third and fourth interviews)
Sometimes it will be clear that one person is leading the panel interview, other times the questions will be spread among the panel. A panel interview gives you an opportunity to meet many of the people you could be working with, and gives more people in the company an opportunity to meet with their potential new coworker.Stress Interview
Employers will often conduct a stress interview because the job will involve a similar type of stress, and they want to see how you handle that stress. Take a deep breath and remind yourself that this is not personal. Then go ahead and show the employer that you can effectively handle stressful situations.Group Interview
Other group interviews will involve a large number of job candidates. The employer will divide you into groups and provide each group with a work related problem to solve. Keep in mind that the employer is not only assessing your solution to the problem, they're also watching to see how you interact with your group.Lunch or Dinner Interview
You may also experience an "in-box interview." In this interview the employer provides you with a work space. They will outline a list of hypothetical projects that are pending and tell you to imagine this is a work day, you are leaving for a vacation at the end of the day, and ask you to outline how you will prioritize and complete the tasks.Internal Interview
Many people go into internal interviews assuming that they do not need to describe their skills or sell themselves because the interviewer is already a coworker who knows them. This is a mistake that can cost you the promotion. In an internal interview, it's important to sell yourself and your skills just as you would in any other interview.
Understanding some simple job interview advice and tips can help you to present yourself in your best light. Know how the employer is assessing your suitability for the job and use all of your information and tips during a job interview to make a great impression.
For more in-depth job interview advice, check the main job interviews section.