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Types of Interviews


What is an interview? It is a screening process where an employer has the opportunity to evaluate you as a prospective employee. It is also an opportunity for you to assess your interest in working for the company, business, agency, or school district.

The first interview is a pre-screening interview. Generally, your personality, educational background, and work experience are appraised at this time. Most often, the first interview lasts approximately 30-40 minutes. The results of this interview become the deciding factor as to whether or not you will continue as a candidate for additional interviews.

Depending on the employer and type of position that you are applying for, there can be as many as 2-3 interviews beyond the initial one.  Most often, the follow-up interviews are longer in length.

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Charleston, IL 61920

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