Why You Should Consider Having More Structured Interviews
There are many different interviewing styles, but in most cases, employers use one of two types: informal or structured. The informal style interview is usually designed to bring out an applicant’s personality while getting a few questions answered. The structured interview tends to focus on job-related skills and abilities by focusing on previous experience and discussion of hypothetical situations.
Five Reasons to Turn to Structured Interviews
- The interviewer knows what will be asked and how applicants will be evaluated before interviews begin.Questions are determined ahead of time, as are scoring measures. This gives everyone involved in the hiring process the same understanding of how to judge candidates.
- Using a structured interview format allows employers to get answers they can use.Unstructured interviews can get off track easily, and there’s the chance that not all applicants will answer the same questions. When it comes to the structured interview, each candidate is asked the same questions and in the same order.
- It’s easier to judge candidate qualifications. Because candidates are asked the same questions, it’s often easier for interviewers to judge candidate qualifications objectively, partly because answers are evaluated with the same criteria.
- Answers in this type of interview make it easier to predict job performance. Questions in structured interviews are typically linked to job-related abilities, and as such, answers are tied directly to how an interviewee might perform their duties. This makes it easier to determine which of your candidates might better perform the duties of your open position
- It’s easier to defend a structured interview in court. Typically, because every candidate for the same position is asked the same questions, there are fewer grounds for legal challenges if one arises.
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