What to expect during the Open Interview and the Structured Interview – Part III
This week’s article includes advice for preparing for the Open and the Structured Interviews
Aug 19, 2010
The Open Interview
An open interview follows a free and flexible format. You will be asked open-ended questions and you would also be given the freedom to drive the conversation in the direction you prefer. This is a very favorable position to be in because you can easily talk about your strong points to the recruiter. The most effective way to do that is to have ready a short summary of your qualifications and experience highlighting your strongest skills and supported by examples. Classic questions you can expect during this type of interview are the “Tell me about yourself… ”, “Why did you apply for this position?”, “Why should we hire you?”, etc.
In order to best perform, we would advise that you:
• Prepare examples of your achievements and accomplishments using a PAR structure
It is often the case that the interviewer asks all the candidates the same series of questions in order to be able to more easily evaluate and decide among them. Thus, the structured interview can be seen as somewhat rigid and strict interview, where the recruiter has a clear agenda and is looking to compare the candidates based on the answers that they have given to the same questions.
Further, the structured interview will allow the interviewer to get initial data about you, your professional history and get a peek into your personality. The dynamics of this type of interview would greatly depend on the personal character of the interviewer. Thus, we would advise for you to adapt to the interviewer’s style and follow the road where they lead you.
• Leave the lead to the interviewer but not the complete control. Even if the interview seems to follow a very predetermined logic, do not miss an opportunity to demonstrate achievements or share information that you think is relevant or beneficial.
The Growinfinance.com Team
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