Just like the ever-changing technology, interviews have evolved over time, as employers are devising new ways of getting the best talent/candidate.
An employer will choose which type of interview to administer depending on what kind of person they are looking for, and in this article, I will share with you 10 types of interviews in Kenya you are likely to encounter, and how to pass each one.
1.The Traditional Interview/ Face-to- face Interview
This is the most common interview where you meet with one or two people from the specific department that needs a recruit, or the hiring manager. It is tailored to discuss your qualifications and skills in relation to the job you are interviewing for.
How to Pass: The key to acing this type of interview is to prepare well and have a good understanding of your skills and the company. Also, understand what the job involves and revise common interview questions because 99% of the time you will be asked common questions.
A panel interview comprises of a team of people who might be from different departments, all having a direct relationship with the role you are applying for.
For example, the Chief Justice interviews that saw C.J Maraga get elected were panel interviews.
In a panel interview, there is always a leader, and the interview is meant to bring everyone on board at the same time to avoid wasting time holding many one-on-one interviews.
How to Pass: Questions can come in no particular order, thus, you need to stay alerted and pay attention to how the questions are being asked.
It might look like you are being interrogated, but you should focus on your suitability for the job, rather than how many people are interviewing you.
When a question is asked by one of the panel members, always ensure that you answer them directly and show confidence.
Don’t be intimated by the numbers, be confident!
3. Group Interview
This type of interview is common with Graduate Recruitments and Sales Promotion jobs. It involves several candidates being put together and being tasked to do something as a group, or answer questions.
The idea of a group interview is to see how well you fit into a group, and how well you work with others. The main emphasis is usually team work.
How to Pass: You have to note that it is not a competition, but a chance for you to join forces with others. However, you must endeavor to shine and not remain dormant. Also, be very attentive so as not to repeat what has been said by the other candidates.
4. Case Interview
A case interview can be a follow-up or a first time interview. In this type of interview, you are presented with a case and asked to come up with a strategy or a solution to a problem. It is very common in the consulting field and sometimes happens in a group setting.
How to Pass: Show that you have good analytical skills and engage with the interviewer by asking questions. Show a step by step approach in your answer and demonstrate industry knowledge.
5. Lunch Interview
It’s not very common, but sometimes it takes place. Here, the interviewer wants to know you a little bit better, and it is assumed that they are interested in you. Also, the hiring manager might be looking to see your communication and interpersonal skills.
How to Pass: Ask for meals you are familiar with and focus on the interviewer and not the food. Also, make the interview interactive.
6. Telephone interview/Skype
This interview is designed to see whether you are an eligible candidate.
How to Pass: First and foremost, ensure you are in a comfortable place, not somewhere you have to whisper/shout to be heard.
Make notes that you can refer to when answering questions since no once can see you. Also, don’t be in a hurry to give answers. You need to take your time. Make the conversation as natural as possible and you can also use hand gestures as you would a normal face to face conversation, to avoid being nervous.
7. Portfolio interview
Some interviews are more technical and may require you to present some of your work. Therefore, you need to be up to date with trends and speak about your strengths in your presentation.
8. Competency based interview
This type focuses on skills and how best they can be used in carrying out day to day duties.
In this case, you need to demonstrate your skills and how you handled a previous problem or improved a previous situation.
Be specific about what you have done.
This interview happens after the first interview. Being called for the second time either shows that the interviewer was impressed, or they were undecided and needed to consult a colleague for a second opinion.
Here, you are already familiar with the company; therefore all you need to do is to polish your answers. This is your time to shine!
Stay consistent and deliver very hard facts about why you are the perfect candidate for the job by demonstrating your ability to get work done.
10. Puzzle Interview
This type occurs where the competition is very high and the interviewer wants to examine how fast you can think.
If you are interviewing for a writer job, for example, you might be asked to write an article.
In this type, the trick is to give the answer in a careful, thought provoking process. Analyze the question and give the perfect answer!
Those are some of the common types of interviews in Kenya. Which ones have you experienced and how were they? Share with us below.
Susan Gitonga is a Communications Officer at Career Point Kenya. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org