Often used to decide which candidates to invite to a face-to-face interview, they explore how well your skills and experience relate to those required by the job. The interview is typically focused on the competencies that the recruiter is looking for, so make sure you have your answers to these ready. You will usually have advanced warning of the interview time and date but you may be called without prior notice. Some telephone interviews are automated which means you are likely to be given a Freephone number and a PIN number to log in with when you call. During the call, you may be asked to respond to a series of recorded statements.
The format often involves the employer explaining a little about the job, asking you some questions and giving you time at the end to ask any questions you may have. Although you may be told that this is an informal discussion, it is best to assume that it will be formal so act and dress accordingly. Your interviewer may be writing while you are talking to make a note of your answers.
Are conducted by a group of interviewers and you are usually told in advance who will be on the panel and what their roles are. This means you may be able to research their responsibilities and areas of interest. Panel members might include the person who will manage the successful candidate and a person who will work in a team with the successful candidate. You should be introduced to the panel members, who will take it in turn to ask you some questions. Direct your answer at the person who asks you the question but occasionally move your head so that you make eye contact with the other panel members
Sometimes used if your interview is for a creative role such as graphic design, animation, creative writing, or journalism. Depending on the nature of your skill, this may be required in paper-version, online, or a DVD so check what format the company requires.