Getting Through the Different Interview Rounds

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Understand the different phases of a job screening process and pick up tips and tricks to get pass each stage.


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  • Job Interview
  • Job Application

Relevant to:

  • Career Switchers
  • Stuck in Job Search
  • Back to Work

Congratulations on being shortlisted for an interview! Your resume has secured you an interview, and how you perform in the interview will be the deciding factor. Many companies have a rigorous hiring process that involves a variety of interviewing methods. Here’s a snapshot of how a typical job screening process looks like:

Different Interview Stages
The Different Interview Stages

Here, you will learn about the three most common interview methods, and tips to handle them

1. Telephone Interview

By who?
• HR or Talent Acquisition Manager
Why it’s used?
• Efficient way of screening shortlisted resumes
• Determine if you have the relevant knowledge and experience
• Check if your expected salary falls within their budget
• Set aside time (>30 mins) for the interview
• Test your devices beforehand to ensure they are working
• Be Calm, Comfortable, Confident and Conversational
• Pause before answering to show thought and reflection
• Share about your relevant background, skills, training and interests
• Express your interest in the role and company
• Discuss the timeline and next steps

2. In-Depth Interview

By who?
• By hiring manager and/or HR or Talent Acquisition Manager
Why it’s used
• Assess if you have the right skill sets and knowledge for the job
• Determine your fit into the team’s and company’s culture
• Flag out any attributes that might be misaligned with the job role
• Inform you of the responsibilities that come with the role (e.g. supervisory or leadership)
• Check out the Top 5 Common Interview Questions to prepare for the interviews

3. Psychometric Tests

Broadly, psychometric tests can be classified into 2 main types: Personality Tests and Cognitive or Aptitude Tests.

Personality TestsCognitive / Aptitude Tests
What is itSeries of questions to identify your personality and work styleSeries of tests to assess your logic, communication, mathematical, technical and soft skills
What do companies look out forHow your personality traits and work style fit in with the roleYour potential job performance and ability to grasp concepts
How it is conducted• Role plays
• Individual & group exercise (assessment centre)
• Simulation exercises
• Presentation interviews
• Role plays
• Individual & group exercise (assessment centre)
• Simulation exercises
• Presentation interviews
Tips• There are no right or wrong answers.
• Be honest when answering.
• Research online on the tests used
• Find a quiet time and space to complete the assessments.

Hoping to emerge as the final candidate? Being well prepared for each phase is the key to success. With a positive attitude, hard work and grit, getting the desired job will happen in no time!