Choosing The Interview Format

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What are some different interview formats?

Choosing The Interview Format

The format of a job interview can be a key factor to consider when looking at candidates for a particular position. Whether you are looking for a creative art director or a freelance production artist, there are many different ways to conduct an interview. Matching the process to your company style can be a good way to decide on which you prefer. It can also be a smart way to uncover the perfect candidate for the job.

Here are some examples of interview styles:

  • Screening interview. This type of interview can be conducted over the phone or in person, and is often used to narrow down the field of potential candidates. It can be a great way to save time if you have many applicants for one position.
  • Lunch interview. This kind of interview is a good one for companies with a more casual atmosphere. In addition to exploring qualifications, it can give you an idea of how the person conducts themselves and how they interact with others in a social setting.
  • Formal interview. This is what most people think of when the word "interview" is mentioned. The one-on-one, sit down at a desk discussion about a particular job.
  • Group interview. Sometimes more than one person will be interviewing a candidate. Group interviews can be a good choice if there are many people who need to have input on the person who is being hired.
Regardless of what format you choose, try to make sure that you won't be disturbed or overly distracted by the environment that you select. Consider the different interview types and decide which one will work best for your particular organization; and for the position you are looking to hire. A number of factors will come into play, but knowing ahead of time which one you want to go with will help the process go more smoothly overall.



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