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Looking at New Ways Job Interviews Are Conducted

Interview styles have changed over the past several years. Get to know the new trends and developments in how job interviews are conducted so that you can do your best during your job search. If you can't close the sale during job interviews and you're having trouble staking out your future, this information becomes critically important.

Here are some highlights of what you can expect from newer job interviewing styles:

  • New kinds of interviewers: Rather than a single interviewer, usually a white man or woman, get ready for a different set of questioners, like these:

    A veteran team of six managers — individually or collectively

    A hiring manager (especially in technical and retail fields) who is two decades younger than you

    Someone of another color, ethnicity, or heritage

    One or more potential "teammates" that you'd be working closely with.

  • New calls for a fast start: Because you can’t count on being on the job more than a few years — or, in contract assignments, a few months — the hiring spotlight lasers in on competencies and skills you can use from Day One. You can come across as ready to blast off if you do enough research on the company’s goals, think about how you can help the company reach those goals, and are ready to speak the insider jargon of the industry.

  • Video interviews and webcams: Video interviews and webcams attached to computers make it easy and cheap for an employer and job seeker to see and talk to each other no matter where each is hanging out — around a block or around a globe.

  • More contracts, less longevity: Companies typically no longer expect that you will stay with them forever — nor do they want you to. Management doesn’t want to have to deal with high health insurance and pension costs. Many employers now solicit contract employees — no muss, no fuss in getting them out the door when a project’s finished.

    Rather than pledge eternal fidelity, talk about your desire to do the work, how you are driven to funnel substantial amounts of productivity into the job quickly, wanting to use your superior technology skills, and your interest in work that excites you — work that matters.

  • Behavior-based interviewing: Behavior-based interviewing is said to predict future performance based on past performance in similar situations. The behavioral interviewing style isn't new but it seems to be more popular than ever.

    It works like this: Interviewers ask candidates to tell them a story of a time when they reacted to such and such a situation; for example: How did you handle an angry customer? Can you describe an example of a significant achievement in your last job?

    The more success stories you can cull from your past, the more likely those interviewers using this approach will highly rate your chances of achieving equivalent success in the future.

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