Common Interview Process

The Stages to Expect in a Common Interview Process

The Stages to Expect in a Common Interview Process

The interview process can be nerve wrecking, particularly if it is your first time going through it.

As much as you would like the process to be straightforward, it is not easy getting hired.

As such, it is essential for you to prepare adequately by arming yourself with an arsenal of information that will help you succeed and maneuver through various interview techniques.

So how does it all work?

The common interview process today consists of various stages starting with the screening process. Throughout the process, you are bound to meet and have conversations with many people including potential colleagues, managers and hiring managers.


The hiring process is different with each employer; however, here are some of the stages to expect in a common interview process:


This is the very first stage of the interview process. After sending in your CV in response to a job advertisement, you may be shortlisted for an interview or may be headhunted on the basis of a strong application.

The screening interview

Screening interviews are intended to assess whether you have the qualifications and aptitude for the role that you are applying for.

Most screen interviews occur over the telephone or via video chat, however, some employers still prefer to conduct it in person with an in-house recruiter. The purpose of the screening process is to also narrow down the number of candidates for the first round of interviews.

The first interview

During this stage, you should expect a face to face conversation with a hiring manager. At this stage, you should expect interview questions regarding your employment history, skills, qualifications and other specifics of the job. They will often have your CV with them to ask you questions off.

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The second interview

This interview will be more detailed than the first interview and you should expect to meet various high-level members of the organization you expect to work for.

The hiring manager from the first interview is often present at all subsequent interviews for continuity purposes. This interview presents you with the opportunity to reiterate your most valuable skills and emphasize your greatest selling points.

The third interview

Some companies like to conduct third interviews as a way of making sure that they are making the best decision for the company.

This interview may allow you to meet your potential colleagues, which is a great opportunity for you to find out about the company culture.

During this round, you should possess a lot more information about the organization, and it is important to showcase this knowledge during this round. This proves to the panel that you are committed to the organization.  If the owner of the organization is present during the interview, this may be a good sign for you.

Job offer and background checks

You may receive a job offer conditional to a background or credit check, which may or may not eliminate you for the position.

When you have made through the background check successfully, the final stage involves getting a job offer. This may be exciting, but before you accept, make sure that you evaluate the salary package carefully to consider whether you want to make a counter offer.

If you wish to accept or deny the job, do so in writing using polite language.