Job interviews generally last from one half hour to all day with any number of interviewers.
Be prepared. It will help you manage and control the interview.
A search firm representative or a Human Resources person usually conducts this type of interview. Screening interviews may be conducted over the telephone or in perswon. The purpose of this interview is to decide whether or not the candidate has the skills necessary to perform the open position -- it is not used to determine who is the best candidate.
The interviewer has specific questions to ask. These questions are designed to collect facts to report back to the hiring manager. Attempt to identify what information the interviewer is looking for. Candidates must provide clear and concise answers. Always try to be positive -- negative answers tend to produce greater probing and doubts in the mind of the interviewer. Don't offer additional information unless you are sure it will help.
This interview is usually conducted by the hiring manager or someone with the authority to hire. Since the person is often not a trained interviewer, unexpected questions may be asked in any sequence.
Most bosses are interested in:
While this is an interview, it is also a selling situation. Be attentive and observe. Choose words/phrases the interviewer will respond to positively. Don't overwhelm the recruiter by reciting your skills and accomplishments. Find out exactly what needs to be done or what problems need to be solved, and choose accomplishments that fit the situation.
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