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Interview Techniques

Interview Techniques - Scottish Jobs

Different Interview Techniques

Listed below are some common interview practices. If possible (for example if you are using a recruitment agent) we recommend you try to ascertain the style of the interviewer you are meeting before you attend the interview as this will give you a head start.

Biographical Interview - Scottish Jobs

A biographical interview is the most common type of interview and usually involves meeting a line manager and discussing one's career history and experience. Biographical interviews can be quite informal and can also involve close scrutiny of your CV.

Competency Based Interview - Scottish Jobs

Competency based interviews are employed to try to ascertain skills and competencies which you possess which are relevant to the job in question. For example if the job requires good teamwork, good communication skills, attention to detail or strong customer relations etc then you may find that the style of interview employed will be competency based. There is a list of competencies at the bottom of this page.

Behavioural Interview - Scottish Jobs

On a similar vein to competency based interviews, behavioural interviews assess competencies, but base this primarily on examples from past performance. For example, if the interviewer wants to assess your leadership qualities he/she may ask you something along the lines of "give me an example of where your leadership qualities came to the fore to resolve a problem"

Hypothetical Interview - Scottish Jobs

Hypothetical interviews involve asking hypothetical questions and assessing your response to gauge initiative, competencies and how you would cope in a particular situation. For example, the interviewer may ask you something along the lines of "what would you do if your manager called in sick on the morning he was due to deliver a presentation to an extremely important client?"

Case Study - Scottish Jobs

Sometimes potential candidates are assessed on case studies. This is something to look out for when you are preparing for an interview. If you check out the employer's website and notice the use of case studies then you should examine any examples in detail, as these may come up during interview. Sometimes candidates are told about case studies in advance, but this is not always the case. Case studies can be written, involve presentations or be based purely on interview.

Assessment Centres - Scottish Jobs

Some recruiters like to employ various forms of assessment in addition to traditional interviews. Assessments can involve activities such as group interviewing, tests/assessments/psychometric testing, group activities/presentations, role-plays and more.

If you can identify in advance the type of things that the employer is looking for, then you can use this to your advantage. For example, if the employer is looking for someone with leadership qualities then it would pay to take the lead in various activities.

Sometimes assessments are conducted at specialist assessment centres, alternatively assessments are sometimes conducted at the place of work/interview.

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