How to prepare for the 3 types of job interviews?

So you have a job interview coming up, and you've been preparing for it. But how do you know you have been preparing the appropriate way? How do you know that you're not over preparing? Or under preparing? How do you even know that? In this article, I'm going to be talking about the three types of interviews – HOT, WARM & COLD and the exact strategies you need to use to prepare for these interviews for the best advice on how to gain unstoppable confidence in your life & in your career.

When it comes to preparing for interviews, it is the most daunting process, especially when you have multiple interviews. Sometimes you have panel interviews. But what would be easier and less stressful is if you knew exactly how to prepare for the different types of interviews. Now, in this article, I am not going to be about case interviews versus panel interviews versus behavioral interviews. This article is going to be all about hot, warm and cold interviews.

The first type of interview to prepare for is the Hot Interview. To me, I find this to be the easiest one to prepare for. And I also find it the least time in the least time consuming to prepare for the reason why is when you're preparing for a hot interview. You basically already know the person. The person already knows you. They may not know you like super duper intimately, but they've had conversations with you already before about your career. They may have met you through another network, but they're very clear on whom you are, and what you do and what your skill sets are.

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By inviting you into the company to interview they are already convinced that you were qualified for the job. Your job, when you go on to this particular type of interview, is to be able to ask questions about where the landmines are ask questions about what the strategy is going forward, and be able to present how you would add value to the company and how excited you are to add value to the company and the role. In addition to that, when you're preparing for this kind of interview, make sure that you have done your research on what's going on globally for this company, what's in the news. Because when you're interviewing for this job, you want to be able to add that kind of context to why it is that you want to work in this particular company and in this particular role.

The second job type to prepare for is warm interviews. So warm interviews are those interviews that you get when you pass your resume along to a friend, and then they pass it on to the hiring manager. In this particular scenario, just imagine that your friend has already talked to the hiring manager and primed the hiring manager, your friend has already told the hiring manager all these great things about you what you've done in your past job. Your job in this particular interview is to get to know the person who's interviewing or the people who are interviewing you.

And the way you do that is you ask your friend who passed your resume along if they can give you information on how this person is, what their interests are, what kind of projects they're working on. I know I know. I know. It probably sounds like you're cheating. But the best advice I can give you when you are interviewing is to have enough information when you have this information, and you don't have to be sneaky about it when you are in the interview.

You can just say oh well I talked too especially if it's not confidential, you can just say something like, Oh, I talked to my friend. And my friend indicated that you guys are working on this, that's interesting, because in the current role that I'm in right now, I'm doing the same thing. What that shows is that you are inquisitive, and you really want to know about the job, you're demonstrating your interest.

The one, the one thing that I want to make very clear, and you'll see this throughout my article, is that I don't agree with people getting jobs just for money, and status, you are going for the job, if you're here to learn confidence, you're going for that job, because you really, really want the job. So and you really want to make a difference. And what better way to show that you want to make a difference by asking your friend, what they're working on, get to know what they're working on. If that's at all possible, go on LinkedIn, look at their past work experiences, look at articles that they've written, be inquisitive about these people, you want to be able to get to know who it is that you're interviewing with. Because guess what, they're looking you up and trying to figure out who you are, they are looking at your LinkedIn; they're looking at your social media.

 And if they know if they found it, if they have a connection with somebody who works in the company with you, or some order some sort of other connection, they're going to be asking those questions. So be ready for that. Be and don't feel so be ready for that. And don't feel bad, or feel sneaky, about you getting the intelligence that you need to get through the warm interview.


The third type of interview and the final one is the cold interview. This is the interview that you're going to be spending the most time preparing for. I didn't mention earlier, but for the hot interview, you're really not spending an exorbitant amount of time preparing for that interview, you're just really making sure that you're you are prepared, however long it takes you to prepare to be able to demonstrate that you're really interested in this role, and that you really want to make a difference in that role.


It's similar for the warm interviews, you're going to be spending a little bit more time in your preparation process, trying to figure out who it is that's interviewing with you and getting and gaining the intelligence that you need to be able to, again, demonstrate that you are excited about this job demonstrate that you are ready to make a difference in the job and in the company. The last, so going back in the cold interviews, this is going to be where you spend the most time preparing. Number one, you're going to want to do your research on the people that you are interviewing.


LinkedIn is just as LinkedIn is a great place to look at the people who are interviewing you. read their profile, read any articles that they've put together, and be prepared to talk about that and stay. I looked you up on LinkedIn, there is nothing more weird when somebody quotes something from your LinkedIn page. But they didn't actually disclose that they looked at you on LinkedIn, look at their social media pages to see what they're into.

It's so that you have it gives you the information that you need, like do I really want to work with this person, it gives you some context about how they would particularly be as a boss or a colleague. It just gives you more information and that's what you need is more information to be able to make a better decision on if you even want to go forward with the interviews.

Next when you're preparing for these cold interviews, you want to spend hours preparing the question and answer the strengths and weaknesses & about yourself. It's all out there Google the list of questions that People will ask you, and you spend if you really want this job, you spend hours preparing for this. You can either do this by recording yourself, so that you can see where it is that you are making mistakes, or if you're not coming off genuine, or you can actually have a friend, do mock interviews with you.

You need to practice those interview questions, especially if you want the job. In addition, just like in preparation for warm interviews, also make sure that you were aware of the global climate of this particular company, what's going on in the news with this particular company, and be able to incorporate that information in the interview. Because the interviewers want to be clear that you know about this company, you know what you're getting into, and that you want to be there, remember, or not going to jobs solely for money, and status.

That is something that you will get compensated for, obviously, but when you put that ahead of whatever your mission is, or whatever your passion is, or whatever it is that you want to do, you won't be in that job that long. 

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