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The 5 stages of a Job Interview

You have got a call from the Company HR or Recruiting manager that you’ve been selected for the first face to face interview round. From that moment on there are 5 stages of the interview process that you need to be prepared for.

Stage 1: Interview Preparation

Interview Prep stage consists of doing your homework by going through your resume in detail, preparing for next 3 stages – Introduction, the Body and Conclusion.

Here one also needs to prepare for the actual journey to the venue, the travel time, mode of transportation, parking facilities, buffer and contact person.

What to wear for the interview, what to eat, what excuses to make at the current job?

For a full-time working individual, physically attending an interview is a big deal.

You would have to take a leave or a half day, make up an excuse and ensure that you have a story.

The impact if to both time and money, since we’ll be losing out on that leave you would other wise use for a vacation, a time off or on a personal emergency.

If your interview is scheduled to take place over Video conference using WebEx, Go-To Meeting, Skype, Hangouts or Zoom.

You might not have to plan for the travel, but you need to setup your space for the interview, the background your camera, and what you’re going wear. Apart from being physically present everything else remains the same.

5 Stages of a typical face to face Job Interview

Stage 2: Introduction

This is the actual Interview, the Introduction stage consists of the Handshake, the Smile, First Impressions, the Elevator Pitch and the resume or experience walkthrough.

Stage 3: The Body

The Body of the Interview which can and may include either or both of the two portions: Technical or Behavioral Q&A.

Here the Interviewer is in control, will ask questions and try to judge you on the basis of your responses. Its typically the make or break part of the interview. This is what you’ve been call for.

Technical questions are asked to check if you have the necessary technical skills required for the job, depending on the job you’re applying for the questions can be very specific like academic questions or scenario based with practical implications.

The interviewer could also ask technical questions liked to the problems that the company is having or is expected to have in the future to tackle which they are currently hiring for.

Stage 4: Conclusion

This is where the interviewer will probably talk, depending on how the Intro and Body goes.

The Interviewer will give you additional information on your role, about the company and details around what the hiring manager is looking for in a candidate and ask you if you have any questions.

Here it’s advisable to ask questions, preferably prepared in advance, you can ask questions to which you might already know answers to. The Interview is not over, you’ll also be judge based on the questions you ask.

Ask smart questions that will put the Interviewer in good light, remember this is not a place to be over smart and put anyone down, unless you’re not interested to take up the offer or if you feel over the course of the interview that this is not the right job for you.

Even still an Interview is not the place to create a negative impression, if you don’t like the job its preferable you create a great impression, leave your mark and then reject the job offer when the company selects you.That way you’ll feel much better about your self while not creating a negative impression with any employer.

At this point both the interview and interviewee grow familiar with each other and there’s generally more interaction. The interviewer will now look towards concluding the interview and provide you a direction on what to expect next.

Stage 5: Follow Up

The follow up and the thank you note – Very important, gives the interviewer a sense that you care for the job, are genuinely interested and it reaffirms you interest in the position you just interviewed for.

Knowing these 5 stages in a typical job interview will help you with your preparation and planning, it will also help you with aligning yourself with a more structure approach for towards going through the interview process. If the interview phase has always made you feel jittery it will help you get to around it with more confidence and courage.