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Interviews: Why They Are Only Getting Harder
Wednesday, March 07, 2012

If you thought your last interview was nerve wracking, then wait until you have to deal with one of these. Maybe you already have and completely shut down during it. Interviews processes vary from company to company so no one can really know everything there is to know about interviews,  not even the interviewer. But you should be doing enough research into them to be prepared for whatever comes your way.

An interview is a face-to-face opportunity to not only get to know you better but to also test you under the spotlight. Some places might want to make you more comfortable to get to know you without all the nerves, while others will attempt to catch you off guard.

The general attitude, however, is beginning to change among employers. It's no longer just about being qualified or capable anymore. Employers want people on their team that will be a good fit and the screening process is going to be checking for that. These are some ways that companies are changing up their interview process to find their glass slipper candidate.

Interviews in Public Areas
An interviewer might take you outside of the corporate elements to conduct the interview or have you meet him or her at a public place. Taking the interview out of the normal office environment lets them get to see you in a more natural setting. They want to see what you're like around other people and use that to gauge how you'll act around people at the company.

Companies will already have an establised culture so they want to be able to determine whether it will be an easy transition for you. This can be more expected if you're looking for a position that involves working in outside sales, B2B networking or in a field position.

Interviews via Skype
Companies haven't completely abandoned doing phone interviews but Skype allows them to go one step further and put a face to the voice. You should be prepared whether you're anticipating this type of interview or not. You might even find it easier to handle since they can't exactly read your entire body language and you might have set up cue cards on the side.

While these cheat sheets might help you this round, you won't always have them handy so don't be so keen to looking for shortcuts every step of the way. Remember that Skype can have its disadvantages like technical difficulties and or slow internet connections.

Interviewing in Groups
Being a part of a group dynamic can be difficult to do if in the end you're only concerned with your individual results. A lot of people may  not have liked being assigned to group projects in school because they didn't want their grade to be negatively effeced by someone else's doing . However, we don't live in a world where collaboration doesnt exist therefore we must learn to do so even when the goal is to beat out the others.

This is the true test to seeing how you react to pressure and how well you manage it around complete strangers. Will you step up to the plate or let the guy next to you outshine you? Sometimes you'll be the only candidate interviewed by a panel of hiring managers. That is equally stressful  but both will bring to light whether you're the right person for the job and their company.

Interviewing/Role Playing
Customer service jobs or any other position that will require you to work one-on-one with people will want you to be able to demonstrate that in the interview process. Role playing will show the hiring manager what you would be like faced with a typical work situation. This isn't a new way of doing things, but it's certainly becoming more prominent.

Employers want to see what you'd be like in action, and what they can expect from you in a similar real-life scenario. They might ask you to sell them something, solve a dispute or find a quick and creative solution to a business problem. You're ability to be quick on your feet and come to a resolution will make it clear for the interviewer what kind of a thinker you are and your level of people skills.

Times are changing and to keep up with these changes, interviewers and employers are mixing up their traditional ways of hiring people to using all the resources out there to better evaluate candidates. Don't be left in the dark ages with outdated job hunting techniques, stay current by refining your interviewing practices and continually learning about what is becoming more commonplace among employers.