What is a Job Interview?

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A job interview is a conversation to discuss between a job seeker and a prospective employer to determine if said candidate is a suitable employee to the employer’s organization.

There are plenty of things that go into job interviews and jobs in general; however the interview has been a timeless tool with which people have negotiated value exchanges of combined tasks. While not formally acknowledged the same way it is now, the interview is still a conversation for the negotiation of a long term value exchange involving the interviewer accepting certain (the job) responsibilities  in exchange of monetary compensation (money).

There are several types of job interview, but broadly speaking, interviews are divided into two sections; namely – the formal interview and the informal interview.

The Formal interview
Preplanned and uniform – this style of employee interview is also sometimes called the structured interview. Every questions posed to the applicant are discussed in advance and each applicant graded on how they fared in the same. While formal interviews are not exclusively for the sake of joining a company, they are the most trusted as they provide a scale based on which to score each individual applicant. There are several types of formal interviews, some of which are:

  • The Stress Interview – Where a candidate is tested to find out how he would fair in a stressful situation.
  • The Depth Interview – Where a candidate is probed to gain a better understanding of his knowledge of the subject.
  • The Exit Interview – The exit interview is conducted when an employee decides to leave the company, so the employer can understand why he (the employee) is choosing to do so. This can then help the employer create better norms and more suitable work environment for the employees it retains. Another use of this is to provide incentives to the employee to continue working at the company.

The Informal Interview
This is the polar opposite of the Formal Interview, also called the unstructured interview, the informal job interview is a more casual conversation with the same intention as the formal interview. The informal interview is usually used to better get to know a person’s character and inner intentions. This is important when conducting business discussions and association agreements.

Both formal and informal interviews have their place in the professional world. While the formal interviews by sheer number are a majority, informal interviews sometimes have astounding results.

I’d like to leave you with a some tips on attending job interviews:

  • Always carry your résumé Copy and proofing documentation. Keep it short and precise.
  • Carry a pen and a notepad
  • Keep questions ready – ask about any doubts you have in the job profile, it’s implied responsibilities or compensation.
  • Dress smart, don’t over or under do it. Shave, style your hair appropriately and use a respectable amount of deodorant.
  • Don’t get perturbed by questions the interviewer asks, answer honestly and confidently.

Well, that’s all I have for today. I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I liked writing it and in the process I even updated my resume. Happy job hunt!



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