Structured Interviews

Structured Interviews

July 29th, 2019

A structured interview is a standardized way of interviewing job candidates based on the specific needs of the job they are applying for. Candidates are asked the same questions in the same order, and are all compared on the same scale.

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What is a structured interview question?

Depending on the type of job position available, the questions may vary. However, structured job interview questions are often open-ended. They generally include behavioral interview questions and situational interview questions.

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The Difference Between Structured And Unstructured Interviews

What is the difference between a structured and an unstructured Interview?

Structured interviews are focused on standardization. Each candidate gets the same questions, in the same order. The questions focus on qualifications, rather than cultural fit. Unstructured interviews are more casual. There are typically few planned questions, and the order in which they're asked varies.

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Why do we use structured interviews?

The aim of a structured interview approach is to confirm that each interview is conducted with exactly the same questions in the same order. All applicants are asked the same questions, in the same manner or order.

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How are structured interviews scored?

Structured interviews use a standardized scoring system as the same predetermined questions are asked to all candidates in the same order.

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How To Do A Structured Job Interview

How do I conduct a structured job interview?

  1. Create a job description that accurately describes all duties and responsibilities.
  2. Develop a set of questions that test if candidates can perform the duties and responsibilities.
  3. Decide on a standard order for the questions.
  4. Decide on a scale that will be used to grade all answers.
  5. Keep each interview as standardized as possible.
  6. Try to remove as many variations as possible, such as time of day or location.

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What are the questions that I should include in a structured interview?

  • Talk about how you would handle [common job challenge].
  • Give me an example of a time you had to [important job skill].
  • Who is the best [position they’re applying for] you’ve worked with? Why?
  • Which other companies in [your industry] do you admire? Why?
  • What is the most challenging thing about [position they’re applying for]?
  • What is your favorite thing about [position they’re applying for]?
  • What do you think will be your biggest challenges with [position]?

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Using A Rating Scale In Structured Interviews

Is it helpful to rate applicants in a structured interview?

Structured interviews typically use a standard rating scale to make it easy to compare candidates. A typical rating scale will ask the interviewer to rate candidates from 1-5 on their preparedness for the job for each question asked.

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