Preliminary Screening: Often done by telephone to determine if your background and experience is a match for their vision of the role. This is a first impression of cultural personality fit, compensation level challenges and any geographic restrictions. The department and level of company representative who may conduct this initial interview varies widely. Plan to ask about next steps, timing and the overall process used by the organization.
In-Depth Evaluation: Assesses your suitability for the role and offers the company a second view of your fit for their organization. This may be done by telephone, Skype or in-person depending on timing, geography, scheduling and/or recruitment budget.
Deep Dive: Generally on site with the hiring manager and any other stakeholders. It may be panel style, more than one interviewer and/or five to six individual meetings one-on-one. This offers the company a collective view of whether or not you will be successful within their organization.
Final Phase: Meetings with an expanded group of stake holders and/or senior executive meetings are frequently incorporated prior to selection of a final candidate. These sessions vary from a seemingly informal chat with the CEO to substantive strategic alignment discussions and personality connections with several members of the leadership team. It is possible that the employer will combine all or part of these meetings on the same day with the third phase of deep dive meetings.