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What is a Structured Interview?

Structured Interview

Lead consultant at Test Partnership, Ben Schwencke, explains what is a structured interview.

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A structured interview are a systematic and standardized method of interviewing that follows a set of predetermined questions and a consistent evaluation process. The interviewer follows a specific format, asking the same questions to each candidate, in the same order, and using the same scoring system. This allows for a fair and unbiased evaluation of each candidate and makes it easier to compare and contrast their responses.

One of the key benefits of structured interviews is that they provide a consistent and reliable way to evaluate candidates, allowing employers to make more informed hiring decisions. Research shows that structured interviews are considerably more predictive of job performance than unstructured interviews, mostly due to improved reliability. Consequently, a single structured interview is as effective as interviewing the same candidate 3 or 4 times using an unstructured interview.

Structured interviews can take place in-person, over the phone, or via video conferencing. They can also be conducted by one interviewer or a panel of interviewers. By using a structured approach, employers can ensure that they are gathering relevant and accurate information about each candidate and can make more accurate predictions about their job performance.

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