Types of Interviews
Interviews fall into two major categories: screening interview and a decision interview. The screening interview is usually a meeting designed to weed out the applicants. These interviews are generally conducted by the human resource office or outside search firm. The purpose is to find out whether your background matches the profile of the ideal candidate. Hiring decisions are rarely made at the first interview.
The second interview, or the decision interview, is normally conducted with the supervisor. During this interview you are more likely to be presented with more detailed questions related to the actual job description. Most supervisors are also interested to learn how you will perform these duties and whether your personality matches the work environment.
Many bosses are not trained interviewers. They may not present you with highly structured list of questions designed to evoke a certain responses. Often job applicants feel the need to ramble on about their entire work experience. Volunteering information can get you into trouble. Near the end of the interview most employers will ask "do you have any questions for me?" At this point you can probe to find out if your past work experience is a factor in the hiring decision. If you believe there is important information about your work experience that would play a role in the hiring decision you can address it at this time.