Different Types of Interviews and Questions

In this lesson, you'll learn about different types of interviews, including behavioral, situational, and panel interviews. You'll learn how to ask open-ended and probing questions to get the information you need to make an informed hiring decision.

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There are several different types of interviews that you can use, depending on the position and your hiring needs. Let’s dive into them, and also check the types of questions you can use to evaluate candidates effectively.

The most basic type is the traditional interview. This is a standard one-on-one interview that allows you to evaluate a candidate's qualifications, skills, and experience. Some questions you can ask are:

  • "Can you tell me about your experience in this field?"
  • "What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses?"
  • "Why do you want to work for our company?"

Next up, we have the behavioral interview. This type of interview focuses on the candidate's past behavior and how they've handled specific situations. This allows you to get a better understanding of how the candidate may handle similar situations in the future. During a behavioral interview you may ask:

  • "Can you tell me about a time when you had to handle a difficult situation at work?"
  • "How have you handled conflict with a co-worker in the past?"
  • "Can you tell me about a time when you had to problem-solve a challenging issue?"

Group interviews are a different beast altogether. During this type of interview, a group of candidates are brought in and evaluated by a panel of interviewers. The focus is on evaluating a candidate's interpersonal and communication skills. Some questions you can ask during a group interview include:

  • "Can you each share your experience in this field?"
  • "Can you give an example of a time when you had to work with a team to achieve a goal?"
  • "Can you share how you would handle a disagreement with a team member?"

Finally, we have the Technical Interview. As the name suggests, this type of interview focuses specifically on the candidate's technical skills and expertise. Some questions you can ask during a Technical Interview include:

  • "Can you walk me through how you would solve this technical problem?"
  • "How do you stay up-to-date with the latest technology and industry trends?"
  • "Can you give an example of a project you worked on that showcases your technical skills?"

There are many more types of interviews, but these are some great examples to get you started. Master them and you'll be able to evaluate candidates more effectively and make informed hiring decisions.