Types of interview and tips on how to handle them

Here are 'Types of Interviews' you might come across and tips on how to handle them. The Do's and Don'ts.



Understand every organization is unique. Each will interview based on their budget, time and organization culture. I'd touch a few of the interview types that are common. You are welcome to share any experience you have.

1. Panel Interview

Some organization do not have the time to conduct traditional 'hierarchical' interviews where you meet with HR first, then Hiring Manager, then Head of Department. Ain't nobody got time for that.

Panel straight.

I call this interview type, 'We Die Here'!


- Make sure to remember their names & address them accordingly when answering questions. This goes a long way.

- Look the person asking question 'koro-koro' in the eyes. Also, maintain eye contact with others as well.

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- Don't use bass tone for one person then use soprano for the other. Maintain the same energy for every body.

- If you know you are not good with names then don't try to address them by their names. You don't want to be calling Yemi by Remi.

2. Phone Interview

I like to refer to this as 'Don't waste our time' interview. organization use this to check for organization fit, skills, experience, & qualifications before inviting you in for a face to face interview (if needed).

That's why questions you get for this type are direct.


- Choose the best time and place for your phone interview. You don't want to be struggling for space in a public bus when your call comes in. Hence, quiet place does the trick.

- Place your notes and print-outs in front of you. It will help you build relevant points.


- Do not interrupt the interviewer. Let them finish from the other end of the line before answering questions.

- Make sure not to rush when speaking. Speak clearly. The phone interview in itself can be a test to check your oral communication skills.

3. Stress Interview

This interview is done to assess how well you can handle pressure. It is usually for roles that involve interacting with high risk customers. In many cases, interviewer will take on a personality that would make you question if you were in an interview.

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- Be as cool as cucumber. It's all acting so don't fall for it.

- Be creative in the way you respond bringing real life scenarios to play. This is where you can display those Hollywood skills you've always dreamt of.

- Smile.


- Don't get carried away by the interviewer playing an angry customer. You are there because you need a job.

- Don't make it boring. Stress interviews turn out to be fun eventually.

4. Face to Face Interview

In many cases, this is usually the next stage after a phone interview. organization wants to see if the 'foneh' you spoke on phone is real😀.

The face to face is also used to establish the great impression you must have created on phone/resumé. Shine!!!


- Prepare!!! Preparation is the key needed to unlock the job.
- Dress professionally.
- Answer questions professionally.
- Ask questions when done.
- Speak confidently.
- Use terms related to your industry.
- Send thank you notes when done.


- Do not arrive late. It will affect your morale and you might turn out to be nervous if you are not relaxed before the interview.

- Don't leave your phone on in an interview. If possible, don't take it into the interview.

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5. Video Interview (The New Norm)

Also used by organizations when hiring a resource located far from their location. For instance, company can be in India and candidate in Lagos.

Video interviews are now common as a result of the pandemic.


- Get your self the best internet service provider.

- Make sure it's a quiet place where only you is present. Remember the CNN blooper?

- Ensure your video camera is clean.

- You can have your points on other screen incase you find it hard remembering points.


- Don't go to Starbucks because of free WiFi. Imagine someone spilling coffee on your laptop when the interviewer asks, "So how much would you like to get paid?" :D

- Don't schedule any visit during your video interview.

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6. Group Interview

This is the reverse of Panel Interview where you have many candidates being interviewed at the same time.

This is used to test candidates that will stand out in a group.

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- Be bold with your chest. It is a competition, so speak out and let your accomplishments resonate in the room.

- Be unique in your personality and don't blend with the crowd.

- It's you and the interviewer. Not you and other candidates so focus on the interviewer.

As always, regardless of what type of interview it is, preparation is key. Also, knowing your personality & what works for you best can help channel your energy and what you need to focus on the most.

''Proper interview preparation is a key needed to unlock a job'' - Tunde.