How to Shine in Your Next Job Interview

No matter what industry you’re in, job interviews can be daunting. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a recent graduate, the secret to a successful interview lies in adequate preparation, a deep understanding of your values, and clear goals for your career. In this article, we delve into different types of interviews and how to prepare for them.

As we navigate the job interviewing landscape, it’s helpful to understand that there are different types of interviews, each with its own unique set of questions and scenarios. The interview type often depends on the industry, the specific job role, and the company culture.

To help you prepare and excel in your next job interview, we’ve compiled a table showing six common types of interviews, a brief description of each, sample questions or scenarios you might encounter, and tips on how to prepare. Whether you find yourself in a panel interview or tackling a complex case study, these insights will help you confidently navigate your next job interview.

Type of Interview


   Sample Question

  How to Prepare

Behavioral Focuses on past behavior to predict future performance. “Give me an example of a goal you reached and tell me how you achieved it.” Use the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result) to structure your responses.
Case Involves solving a business problem or case study. “Our client is a newspaper company that’s struggling with declining revenue. What can they do?” Understand the basics of business problems and practice a variety of cases.
Panel Involves multiple interviewers. “Why do you want to work here?”

“What makes you a good fit for this role?”

Interact with everyone, not just the person who asked the question.
Stress Designed to test how candidates handle pressure. “Why were you fired from your last job?”

“Tell me about a time when you had to make a difficult decision quickly.”

Stay calm, take your time with responses, and maintain a positive attitude.
Technical Involves solving technical problems or writing code. “Design a database schema for a car rental company.” Practice the skills you’ll need to demonstrate and explain your thought process as you solve problems.
Competency-Based Requires demonstration of specific skills or competencies. “Give me an example of a time when you had to resolve a conflict within your team.” Have specific examples ready for each competency you think they might ask about.

Dos and Don’ts for Shining in Your Next Job Interview


  • Reflect on your values and goals: This will guide your responses and help you align with a company that shares your principles.
  • Know your strengths and weaknesses: Showcase how you can leverage your strengths and address your weaknesses.
  • Prepare thoroughly for the interview type: Use the table above to guide your preparation.
  • Be authentic: Genuine responses create connections and are more memorable.
  • Ask questions: This shows interest and helps you evaluate if the company aligns with your values and goals.


  • Overlook the company culture: Make sure it aligns with your values and preferred work environment.
  • Neglect non-verbal communication: Body language, eye contact, and tone of voice all contribute to your overall impression.
  • Forget to follow up: A thank-you note shows appreciation and keeps you in the interviewer’s mind.

Closing Your Interview on a Positive Note

Whether the job is a fit or not, it’s wise to leave a positive impression. Remember, this is more than a chance to sell yourself. It’s an opportunity to establish meaningful connections and build your professional reputation. Be confident in your abilities and experiences – they’ve brought you this far, and they’ll carry you into the next chapter of your career.

Remember, your recruiter is an invaluable ally in this journey. They can provide insights into the company’s dynamics, the department’s culture, and the hiring manager’s key expectations. Don’t hesitate to lean on them for assistance as you prepare.

Make use of tools like LinkedIn and Glassdoor to research the company, and the team or department, especially the individuals you’ll be interviewing with. This research can provide you with insights into the company culture, work environment, and employee satisfaction.

Above all, trust yourself. You’ve worked hard to get to where you are, and this interview is just another step on your journey. Every interview is an opportunity to learn, grow, and move one step forward to your next professional adventure.



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