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5 Interview Types and How to Ace Them

Tania Khadder

1. The Traditional Interview

What Is It?

You know this interview. I know this interview. We’ve done it a million times. So why are we still so afraid of it?

Interviews — no matter their style — are always tough. With traditional interviews, you need to be able to answer broad-based questions in a very specific, personalized way. And to sound sincere while doing so.

You’ll face questions like, “Why do you want to work here?” and “Tell us about yourself.” The interviewer’s goal is to identify your skills, experience and enthusiasm for the job.

The interviewer will closely follow your resume structure. He or she will probe you about the experience, education and achievements listed.

How to Ace It:

Practice, practice, practice!

Take a look at some of the most common questions from traditional interviews, and write down your answers. And keep in mind that if ever you’re faced with a question that is too broad, ask for clarification. For example, if the question is “Tell us about yourself,” it’s perfectly fair for you to reply with “What about me do you want to know?”

Often, it’s helpful to practice your answers out loud. Find a friend who’s willing to play “interviewer” and go through a mock interview from beginning to end.

Know your resume inside out. Think hard about the accomplishments you list, and be prepared to express what you learned through each.

And as with all interviews, prepare a handful of examples to back up every skill or quality your claim to possess. Real life examples make the difference between a vague, fluffy, might-as-well-be-made-up answer, and the winning response that gets you the job.


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    NewFootballShirts

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    These are clever tips for interviewees. It would also make a good impression for the interview if you are confident at all times. Never ever make up an answer just to impress. Remember they are trained to know if you're telling the truth or not. http://www.topfootballshirts.co.uk

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    jameshammond85

    almost 4 years ago

    22 comments

    i have used my iPhone 4 white for quite a few phone interviews, i use an app which gives a slightly clearer loud speaker

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    sophiaallen5

    about 4 years ago

    58 comments

    Have you heard of Group interview.Group interviews are conducted by some large companies for graduates who are all interviewed at one time. They may give some exercises to solve in a group and observes how the candidates react with other people.
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    mgilman

    about 4 years ago

    24 comments

    This is very appropriate for our tough economic times. A must read for anyone looking to become gainfully employed.

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    mgilman

    about 4 years ago

    24 comments

    Great article, I have used most of the suggestions in orientations that I provide while conducting training sessions. I work with a not for profit that collaborates around work force development.

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    kittie

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Excellent guide. I've already aced a few interviews. Now its just a waiting game. Next...

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    greenvr58

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    This article was a great one, it helps to be prepared when interviewing whether over the phone or in person

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    MorelCS

    over 4 years ago

    24 comments

    The phone interview is scheduled at the convenience of the employer and do not be surprised if you are called an hour to two hours early or later than the scheduled time. I am sure this is a tactic to see how you can handle events not occuring as scheduled and unexpected.

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    brittania

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Great article. I will be applying the information in my next interview.

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    willboywonder

    over 4 years ago

    12 comments

    These are great. One note to disagree with the author about the phone interview: just because the call can come at anytime doesn't mean that the interview has to happen at anytime. I have had a couple of phone interverviews that were pre-arranged. The interviewer (or his/her sercretary) called me to schedule the phone interview just as they might have scheduled the face to face interview. Even if they aren't calling to schedule it, request it. There's no harm in that. If you're a viable candidate, rather than them just going through the motions to satisfy HR rules, then asking for a more convenient time for the phone interview wiill be in your best interest. If you go through with it at a bad time, your mind may not be as sharp and your performance during the interview may be less than stellar.

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    vmmckane

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

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    jyl

    over 4 years ago

    8 comments

    Excellent Recommendation to ACE the interviews. Thanks.

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    Account Removed

    over 4 years ago

    Thank you, for the article. It definitely helps to prepare for an interview.

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    jyl

    over 4 years ago

    8 comments

    Great Job

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