Employers often screen candidates over the phone before conducting in-person interviews. This gives recruiters a chance to preview an applicant to determine if he or she fits the job’s full profile. Body language does not count here, so note that the first impression rests entirely on one’s ability to communicate verbally.
When brought into the office, candidates should expect one of three situations: the one-on-one interview, the panel interview or the group interview. Most know of the first situation, but the latter two can be stressful new experiences. Essentially, several decision-makers host panel interviews to collect interpretations and eliminate biases concerning one applicant. Group interviews, on the other hand, gather a handful of candidates for simultaneous questioning to reveal leadership and/or teamwork potential.
Depending on the format of the first interview, the company may ask to see the candidate again before making the final decision. At this point, interviews can last the better part of a day and may involve multiple individuals, including HR representations, managers, supervisors and other office heads. Like the in-person interviews above, these may come in different forms.
- Behavioural-Based Interview: Assuming a person’s past performances can predict his or her future actions, interviewers examine a candidate’s work history, asking for specific examples that demonstrate competency. They look for answers within a context – situation, task, action and result.
- Task-Oriented Interview: Candidates must finish a task to prove their creative and analytical abilities. This may be a hypothetical or physical challenge.
- Stress Interview: The interviewer puts the candidate in the hot seat to test how he or she reacts under pressure. Stress tactics include awkward silences, unwarranted interruptions and argumentative or antagonistic questions.
About: FlexStaf-IT is a Canadian-based organization that connects qualified I.T. personnel with companies offering short- or long-term contract assignments, permanent placement positions, and fully managed end-to-end I.T. project solutions. [Job Seeker’s Handbook 1].