Types, Methods and Styles of Interviews

There are basically two types of interviews – screening interviews and hiring-decision interviews.  A screening interview is used to further narrow the candidate pool and typically lasts between 15 to 30 minutes.  Hiring-decision interviews are generally more extensive, and usually lead to a job offer for one or more of the individuals in the candidate pool.  For a full-time, professional position, interviews may last several hours to several days.

Interviews can be conducted in a variety of ways. The table below lists many of these ways and their purpose, which can depend on the type of position being filled.

Interview Method Co-op/Internship Positions Full-Time Positions
Phone* Screening or Hiring-Decision Screening
Video Conferencing* Screening or Hiring-Decision Screening
In person – Individual Screening or Hiring-Decision Screening or Hiring-Decision
In person – Small Group or Committee Generally Hiring-Decision Generally Hiring-Decision
In person – Lunch and Dinner** Generally Hiring-Decision Generally Hiring-Decision
In person – On-Site Hiring-Decision Hiring-Decision

*If you need a quiet space to conduct your Phone or Video interview, please contact our office to see if one of our interview rooms is available.

** On occasion, employers take job candidates out to lunch or dinner to evaluate their manners and social skills, and to gather additional information that might not come out in a formal interview.

The styles of interview questioning are commonly classified as traditional, behavioral-based, or technical.  Many interviewers use a mix of traditional and behavioral-based questioning.  Technical questions are less common but are sometimes used if the interviewer is looking for very specific technical skills.

Traditional Questioning
Behavioral-Based Questioning
Technical Questioning


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