I received a call from a job I applied for saying they would like to meet with me. The position is help desk. They mentioned a verbal interview of 1 hour followed by a written test for 30 minutes. An hour long verbal interview by itself it pretty long, why would someone want to do this? What could the test be about? I plan on calling them back, what questions should I ask? Is this normal, I've never had an interview planned out for a specific amount of time, but normally they are shorter than 30 minutes.
To me this is a potential sign of bureaucracy. To the people who comment an hour interview is normal I'm interested in an explanation. Please elaborate. If you consider it you don't normally have an hour long conversation with anybody. At least not on where you're talking majority of the time. I know some meetings last well over an hour, but unless your the presenter you wouldn't be talking for a large portion. Also it's not culture around here to have coffee and lunch for an "interview", that would be called lunch.
I think people are misunderstanding the question. I never ask for opinions on what the average length of interviews are. What I am saying is I've never done an interview an hour or longer and what to expect from it. I do find it worrisome to be given a test that is 30 minutes long and not knowing what to study for it.