The interview is the most important stage of the job application process, so it is natural to be nervous. But the more time and effort you put into your preparation, the higher you chance of success, and the less stressful you will ultimately find the whole process.
If you get through to this stage, well done - only about one in five applicants get this far.
The first interview is about demonstrating your ability to perform the role, and how your personality will fit into the company. This is also your opportunity to ask questions about the position and see if you feel the company and the role would be a good fit for your goals.
The second interview is a chance for employers to confirm what they thought about you and to ask you more detailed questions. Often the second interview will include a more senior partner.
If you manage to get a second interview, don't make the mistake of thinking you have done all the preparation that you need to do. Coming into the second interview able to demonstrate an even deeper knowledge of the company than you did in the first will show that you are just as interested in them as they are in you. This is why it is good to ask questions in the first interview - it will give you material to go home and read up on in preparation for the next stage.
Types of Interviews
1. Person-to-Person Interviews These may be one-to-one, or with several members of staff. The interviewer(s) may be from HR, your direct supervisor, or even the head of the department. They may be chatty and informal, or require a more professional language. Remember that every question is asked for a particular reason.
2. Telephone or Video chat Interviews These are increasingly common, particularly for jobs which may be interviewing candidates from a variety of locations. The techniques required here are the same, but it is especially important to keep your answers concise and to enunciate so the interviewers can understand you over the connection.
3. Stress Interviews Rarely, an employer may use this type of interview to gauge your reaction to stress. This can include a difficult interview style more akin to interrogation, or even throwing you into the job for a short period of time to see how you react on your feet. These are rare, but they do happen and say a lot about the company and what they will expect from you. If this type of employer isn't for you, it is perfectly acceptable to walk away