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Crazy Good Interviewing: How Acting A Little Crazy Can Get You The Job by John B. Molidor, PhD

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Chapter 9

Types of Interviews

Interviews have come a long way since traditional one-on-one meetings at the employer's place of business. With the advent of technology, the interview process might be conducted by phone, Skype, or in a one-on-one, panel, group interview, or any combination thereof. Smart job seekers will become proficient at all of these interview methods.

Phone Interviews: Can You Hear Me Now?

In today's job market, it's important to know how to give good phone…and no, this is not in reference to the 800 numbers that are advertised on late-night TV. Employers use phone interviews as a time-saving, cost-efficient method for screening job applicants and eliminating candidates whose skills and job experience do not match the job requirements. Phone interviews are designed to screen candidates and winnow the pool of applicants who will be invited for in-person interviews.

Phone interviews are conducted just like in-person interviews. Often, they are used to save on the traditional travel and hotel expenses involved in interviewing candidates who reside out of town or out of state. While you're actively job searching, it's important to be prepared for a phone interview on a moment's notice. You never know when a human resources manager, headhunter, or a networking contact might call. Most of the time, however, you will receive a call to schedule a phone interview appointment about a job opening.

No matter how or where your interview is conducted, your goal is to communicate ...

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