When it comes to job hunting, even executives may have a rough time finding something. Even once you find a job listing that sounds perfect, you still have to interview for it, and if it’s been awhile since your last interview, it could be tougher than it sounds.
Fortunately there are only a few different executive interview types that you may be offered. We’ve got the 6 most common for you below.
The phone interview is often the first contact the company will have with you other than your resume, so conscious of what first impression you are making. If you’re in a noisy area, ask for a moment to find someplace quiet. If it’s not a good time, politely say so and ask to reschedule. The interview will go better if you’re not worrying about your surroundings or a task you’re in the middle of. Phone interviews will typically not be very in-depth, as they are used to determine whether you are a good candidate for a traditional interview.
An increasingly popular alternative to the phone interview is the video interview, which is conducted over video chat. This is a hybrid between a phone interview and a traditional interview, thanks to the visual element, but still typically used for an initial interview. These are almost always scheduled ahead of time, so take a moment the day before the interview to choose a location. Take note of what is in the background of the video — if you’re chatting from home, be sure that the area behind you is tidy — and make sure you have sufficient lighting and audio capabilities.
A group interview typically involves one interviewer and multiple candidates that each show potential for the position. Group interviews may include problem-solving activities or just questions posed to each member, but they are designed to highlight various leadership capabilities among the candidates.
This is the most common interview type, and nearly every executive has experienced it at some point in their career. In this interview, one interviewer questions one candidate about his or her work experience to determine if they’re a good fit for the job.
A panel interview is sort of the opposite of a group interview — one candidate is questioned by multiple interviewers. Typically these interviewers will represent different departments within the company, and each brings a different area of expertise and knowledge to the table. This format is usually reserved for a second or third interview.
A lunch interview is the least common interview type, though it is growing in popularity. These are usually reserved for second or third interviews, and may be suggested for a number of reasons — perhaps neither party can sacrifice hours in their day other than their lunch hour, or maybe the hiring manager wants to see how the candidate would handle business meetings with clients and investors. Maybe the rest of the company doesn’t know there’s a position to fill yet. Whatever the case, let the interviewer lead the conversation and avoid letting your guard down too much.
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