• Lindi Engelbrecht

5 ways to get serious about the all important Interview

Time to get serious?


We've all stepped out of an interview, knowing we could've prepared more or known more about interviewing in general. There are so many lists of things, when you search the web which can feel completely overwheming. My goal is not to overwhelm you even more, but to provide you with clarity as your only-go-to resource for all things Interviewing.


The success of your interview starts long before your actual interview

Every employer has a preferred style of obtaining the information they need for their hiring decision.  These are some basic types of interview styles you may encounter.  Some employers may choose to utilize a combination of different styles, but as long as you've prepared well for your interview, you'll be able to adapt to the situation they present.


Types of Interviews

Structured Interview - A structured interview is typically formal and organized and may include several interviewers, commonly referred to as a panel interview.  An interviewer who has a more structured style will usually begin with what is known as an “icebreaker” question.  The icebreaker is used to relax you before the more serious

questions are asked.  A discussion about the weather might be used or perhaps a question about the traffic on your way to the office.

Unstructured Interview - The unstructured interview is what the name implies.  The only structure to the interview is the one that you provide.  Basically, the interviewer is interested in hearing from you, so you may be asked a variety of different open ended questions.

The stress Interview - This style is used primarily by interviewers who are hiring for positions where there is a high level of daily stress in the work environment (i.e., sales, stockbroker, etc.).

Behavioural Interview - Behavioral interviewing is a widely used method of job interviewing.  This approach is based on the belief that past performance is the best predictor of future behavior.  Therefore, behavioral interview questions are designed to probe your previous experiences in order to determine how you might behave in similar situations in the future.

Problem Solving or Case Interview - Employers utilize this style of questioning to test a candidate's analytical ability and communication skills.  In a problem solving or case interview, you will be presented with a real or simulated problem to consider and solve.

Panel Interview - Employers often like to gather the opinions of several members of their staff prior to deciding which candidate to hire.  To accomplish this, panel interviews are often used where one candidate may be interviewed by a few people at once.


Most Interviews will follow this basic format


Body language in your interview can show interest or disinterest
  • Questions from the interviewer aimed at establishing your ability and suitability for the job - Re-assess what you know about the company and the role being offered and then decided witch aspect of your own experience to stress most positively.

  • The interviewer will then tell you in more detail, about the position and the company - Show intense interest! With your body language, by nodding etc., and by saying: "That's interesting!"

  • What do I say when the interviewer asks me, whether I have any questions? - A good question. Almost Always, this is a sign that the interview is drawing to a close, and that you have one more chance to make an impression.

Towards the end of the interview


Last impressions are as important as the first impression
  • When asked about your interest in the position, answer in the affirmative

  • Never Decline a job offer immediately. There might be room for negotiation. Go back to the consultant and discuss any problems.

  • If you want the job, show enthusiasm all the time. If they don't make an offer, tell them that you would like the position and work for this particular company.

  • You can say: "From what you've been telling me, I would really like to secure this position and be an asset to the company. If you would give me the opportunity to work for you, I am sure I will prove to you that you have made the right decision.

  • Last impressions are almost as important as first impressions. The way you leave the interview will be the way you are remembered. Thank the interviewer/s for their time, and give a firm handshake before leaving.

After the interview, phone your consultant immediately for a full de-briefing.


Good luck for the next part of your journey. You've got this!!!!