What is interview skills in Professional Communication

● Meaning and Definition

  • An interview is a formal meeting in which a person a group of person questions or evaluates other person.
▪ Interview skills in Professional Communication
  • An interview reveals ideas, view and attitudes of other person. It also tests skills and knowledge of a person.

● Type of interview

  • It is important to be well prepared for interview. Here are some information about different Types of interview .







1.Selection interview

  • Selection in the interview is the step in the process.
  • The employer want to know you whether you have enough skills and qualities that in the you can fit-in the required position.
  • After several round of interview makes the people more anxious.
1.Selection interview

2.Screening interview

  • First interview with a particular employer can be said as a screening interview.
  • This is usually an interview with human resources.
  • He will try to verify information with your resume.
  • He / She will try to find out minimum qualification for the job and pass your resume to the next step.
2.Screening interview

3.Group interview

  • In group interview , several job candidates are interviewed at once.
  • Interview are trying to separate the leaders and followers.
  • The employer may also try to find out team player, personality etc.
3.Group interview

4.Stress interview

  • A stress interview is not in a pleasant way.
  • Sometimes to pick out those who do cannot handle problematic or adverse situation.
  • The interviewer may also ask offbeat questions and questions are asked so quickly that the candidate cannot answer them quickly.
4.Stress interview


  • It is similar to traditional interview.
  • Companies generally declare a specific period of the day for interviews on certain days of the week. Interested candidates may appear for the interview.
  • The interview is conducted on the spot to evaluate the candidate. Walk-in-interview is convenient for both interview and interviewee.

6.Virtual interview

  • A virtual interview, or video interview, is a job interview that leverages video technology to allow the discussion to take place remotely.
  • Rather than meeting face-to-face, the hiring manager and candidate will connect with each other online using video software.
6.Virtual interview

7. Campus interview

  • They are generally conducted by big companies including career fairs, interview, internships etc.

↪ Type of campus interview

◆On campus

  • Companies select most suitable campus for conducting interview and coordinate with placement officer.
  • They select the campus on the basis of number of candidates, courses, environment etc.
  • The program conducted within educational institutes or in a common place to provide jobs to students pursuing or in the stage of completing the program.
  • Mostly if companies want to hire fresh graduates they will prefer on campus interview.
  • Sometimes preliminary round is conducted and later on called for next round.
  • The recruitment procedure is limited to the students of that college.
On campus interview

Off campus

  • Where there is no tie up between college and the company.
  • Off-campus placement are mass recruitment drives organized by companies or recruitment/job agencies, to bring a large number of opportunities and deserving undergraduates to the same table.
  • Beyond restrictions placed on job role, students are free to purse as many fresher job opportunities they like; companies can also judge how many and which candidates work for them the best, without any off-hand commitment to provide placements.

8. Panel interview

  • A panel interview is a job interview in which a group of people or panel asks questions to candidates in turn.
  • They may ask same questions in different way to assess the performance of the person. All panellists are free to ask follow-up or probing questions.
8. Panel interview
  • The predetermined questions are the same for each finalist.
  • The follow-up and probing questions are different for each finalist because they are based on how the finalist answers the predetermined questions.
  • The panel lead is responsible for controlling the start and finish of the interview.

9. Telephonic interview

  • Telephone interview often take place during the early stages of the job interview process.
  • Some recruiters will use them as a method of shortlisting; others as an opportunity to learn more about the candidates who are applying to work for them.
  • In some occupations, phone communication is an important responsibility.
  • In this situation, the recruiter will be evaluating how well you can present yourself, convey messages and get your point across clearly and concisely.
  • A telephone interview is often an effective way for a company to screen many candidates quickly and cost-effectively, without having to invest the same level of time and resources needed for face-to-face interviews.
9. Telephonic interview

10. Behavioural interview

  • When interviewing for jobs, you will likely have to participate in behavioural interviews.
  • Unlike with regular job interviews, employers conduct these not to find out if job candidates can do something, but that they have done it.
  • The interviewer will expect you to demonstrate your competencies-knowledge, skills, and abilities –by giving specific examples from your past experiences at work, school and in life.
  • Responses are expected to give an indication of an applicant’s professional conduct.

11. Case interview

  • In this the Candidate is expected to resolve a real or hypothetical situation.
  • In this a problem is presented and how he resolves the situation. This interview aim at understanding a person’s thinking process in any situation.
  • The interview focuses on candidates approach, work and its solution.
11. Case interview

▪ Interview Do’s and Don’ts

Interview Do’s and Don’ts

▪ Interview do’s

  • Dress appropriately.(In formal)
  • Extremes in fashion or very casual clothes should generally be avoided.
  • Look neat and clean
  • Be punctual
  • Make sure that you are 10 minutes early.
  • Express yourself and your views clearly.
  • Bring a copy of all relevant documents, so you can refer to them if necessary.
  • Listen carefully to the questions and answer clearly and thoughtfully.
  • Make eye-contact. Remember to talk the person (not the top right hand corner of the room or at their shoes.)
  • Make sure you fully understand the question and query any point about which you may be doubtful.
  • If you are being interviewed by a panel, ensure that you direct your answer to the person who asked the question, while still including the other interviewers by making brief eye contact.

Interview don’ts

  • Don’t dress too casually or look untidy
  • Don’t make derogatory or absurd remarks about past and present employers
  • Don’t fidget or tremble, try to control other nervous mannerisms.
  • Don’t sit there like a statue.
  • If you feel more comfortable talking with the aid of your hands for emphasis, then use them, but try not to be too excessive in your gestures.
  • Don’t interrupt the interviewer before they have finished asking you a question and never finish their sentences for them
  • Don’t lie
  • If you have to lie about what you are like or your abilities in order to obtain the job,
  • You are likely to find yourself in a position that you don’t really like and probably one in which you will have problems fulfilling successfully.
  • Don’t worry if you answer one question badly. Treat each question individually.
  • Don’t talk about salary, holidays or bonuses unless they bring them up.
  • Don’t answer questions with a simple “yes” or “no”. Make sure that you explain your reasoning fully.
  • Don’t wear too much perfume or aftershave.

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