Other Types of Interviews

 
Competency-based interviews
 
Competency-based interviews are designed to allow you to show your skills and experience in the main areas of the job.  You may be asked to discuss examples of your previous work and achievements.  The examples you give should expand on or be different from those on your original application form.  Before the interview, you will need to list the skills and experience needed for the job and think about what you have done that you could use as an example for each one.
 
Group interviews
 
You may be invited to be assessed as part of a group.  This is to test how you might work as part of a team.  Be prepared to take an active part in discussion or task and put forward your ideas.  Be confident but not aggressive.
 
Telephone interviews
 
Some employers may carry out a first interview over the phone.  Be prepared for this when phoning employers by having your CV handy and reading through the sample questions.
 
Skills tests or work sample tests
 
These test are designed to measure the level of your knowledge or understanding of the job (for example, typing tests etc.).  Find out what the test will involve and try to practise before the interview.
 
Personality tests
 
You could be asked questions about your thoughts, feelings, behaviour in certain situations.  There is no such thing as a right or wrong answer.  The end result is a personality rating used to see if the person fits the job advertised.  Analysing these tests is a highly-skilled process and larger organisations may use these tests along with other methods.
 
Aptitude tests
 
Aptitude tests are designed to predict how well you might do certain tasks.  They test abilities such as:
Reasoning with words, numbers or diagrams
Problem-solving
Following instructions.
 
These are usually set as a test paper which you have to finish within a set time.  You can do practice tests to try to improve your ability.