11 Types of Interviews You Must Know

Interviews are one of the crucial parts of any job or education. An interview is a formal conversation where the head of the institute (where you have applied for) asks you a few questions. This is usually done to understand how much knowledge you have about the post you have applied for. Also, the HR asks for some basic questions in order to see how you react when a particular situation occurs. There are various types of interviews, which differ according to place, person, situation and its mode. Hence, let’s see some of the types of interviews in detail.

Types of Interviews

Every interview has two important individuals- an interviewer and an interviewee. An Interviewer is someone who asks questions to the candidates. An Interviewee is the one who is giving the interview. There are many types of interview based on circumstance, place and tone. So let’s have a look at some of the common types of interviews of the present times.

Behavioral Interview

By the name itself, it is clear that the interviewer checks your ‘behaviour’ and your way of handling any particular situation. Basically, it is no less than a ‘personality test’ for you. Moreover, they ask you a few plight related questions and you have to answer it honestly. Additionally, you cannot ask for too much time to answer it. This is one of the trickiest types of interviews you would ever come across.

Case Interview

Case interview is a type of behavioral interview. Here, the interviewer will give you a case study and you will be asked a few questions related to that scenario, probably finance related questions. This interview tests your problem solving and management skills. This way, they will figure out if you are a perfect fit for the company or not. 

Exit Interview

Many of you, who left a certain position at a company to join another one, would have come across this interview. This is a kind of meeting where the HR or CEO of the company talks to you after your resignation from that concerned company. They ask you things such as ‘why you left the job’, or ‘why do you join another company’. The sole purpose of the interview is to take feedback from you regarding the overall working of the company and your experience in that. 

On-The-Spot Interview

A classic example of an interview to test your patience, speaking and listening skills is an on-the-spot interview. So far you would have already understood its meaning. This interview is mostly the unexpected one, where you have no idea that you would have it at the very moment. Your on spot confidence and dialogue delivery is what helps you clear the interview with flying colours.

Restaurant Interview

Another trickiest one after a behavioral interview is a restaurant interview. You may be wondering why they are taking you to a nearby coffee shop or to a fancy restaurant. Maybe they are hungry. But no, you are wrong here. They test your social abilities through this. For instance, the way you talk to the waiters, the manner by which you order food, the etiquettes that you follow while having your meal and the way you converse while having your food is what gives you bonus points accordingly.

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Video Interview

Many times, it may be possible that you have to give an interview on Skype, Zoom, Google Meet, and related platforms. Here, you have to turn on your mic and camera . This is what a video interview is all about. Your body language, your expressions, the way you speak, the intensity with which you pay attention to things are what are judged in that and you are given points accordingly.

Structured Interview

By the name itself, it is clear that they have a well – planned structure for their interviews. They don’t differentiate among the applicants based on their work experience or qualification. Rather, they treat everyone almost equally and ask everyone the same questions. This way, the interview goes unbiased and the results are announced on the basis of your merit and answering skills. 

Telephonic Interview

Telephonic, also known as phone interviews, are trending these days. These types of interviews are common in the present generation. Gone are the days when you had to visit the office in order to give an interview. This is one of the most common types of interviews that most companies prefer. They give you an unexpected call and within short notice, they would interview you. Starting with “Tell me about yourself”, they ask you a few questions related to your career experience and that’s it. 

Mock Interview

A mock interview means a practice interview. It is one of that types of interviews provides you a sample of what happens and what is being asked in an interview. It is generally to prepare you for any upcoming interviews in your way. There are several platforms that conduct mock interviews. Moreover, you can also search sample interview questions on Google on any other platform. In addition to that, you can have a practice session of the interview with your teachers, friends or any close ones.

Group Interview

A group interview is a typical example of types of interviews where they test your social skills. Many times, it may feel easy to talk in person rather than tell about yourself, your interests and skills to a group. There might be chances that you feel inferior to others and get nervous with the thought that what other applicants would think of you is what has to be vanished. And probably, this is the purpose of the group interview. Moreover, it also saves time for the interviewer because it is far better than individual interviews.

Informal Interview

Last but not the least, this is one of the best types of interviews. This is because it is not like the other types of interview, where they follow a certain protocol and talk about it. This is something in which the interviewer usually holds a discussion session, more in an informal tone, just to converse how to take things down the lane. Meeting at a nearby coffee shop while grabbing a hot cup and discussing the company and your views on how to improve its plight is what the purpose of the interview is all about.


P. Sailaja is a content writer, proofreader and freelancer. Being a Mass Communication student, she has knowledge about how a perfect content should look like. In addition to that, her interest niches for writing are health, fitness, skincare, food and lifestyle.

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