A job interview is a one-on-one interview consisting of a conversation between a job applicant and a representative of an employer which is conducted to assess whether the applicant should be hired.

Types of interview

1. Telephone Interview

This interview saves the employer time by finding out certain information up front. They may ask about employment objective, education or required skills. It usually takes place in your home, so keep your resume handy and refer to it as needed.

2. In-Person Interview

This is used to verify the jobseeker's qualifications for the position and to get an impression of the jobseeker's attitude, interest and professional style.

3. Selection Interview

This is usually conducted by the decision maker. You may be invited back to speak with the same person and/or with other managers or work group members. Your ability to establish rapport and present yourself as the right person for the position is critical.

4. Work Sample Interview

This gives you an opportunity to "show your talents." It could be the chance for an artist to display his/her portfolio, or a sales representative may be asked to make a presentation.

5. Peer Group Interview

This is an opportunity for you to meet and talk with your prospective coworkers. Just as in other interviews, the peer group will be evaluating you and determining how you would fit in.

6. Group/Panel Interview

This usually consists of three or more people, all asking questions. Direct your answer to the individual asking the question, but try to maintain some eye contact with the other members of the group.

7. Luncheon Interview

This may be used to see how well you would handle yourself in a social situation. This may include the hiring manager, a human resources member and one or more peer employees. You may want to choose something off the menu that is easy to eat so you can answer questions and pay attention to the conversation.

8. Video Conference Interview

Employers today use video conferences to conduct meetings or carry out other aspects of their business. Conducting an interview using a video conference enables an employer to save travel costs and still have a "person-to-person" interview. If the thought of facing a camera during an interview makes you uneasy, practice before a video camera or a mirror.