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.