Research has told us for some time that structured interviews used in the hiring process provide for a better quality of hire. They present a scenario that keeps decision makers targeted and on track during the interview, enabling them to focus on key pieces of information that matter in making a sound selection for their organizations.
But much of what you hear surrounding the interview process today involves a conversation between the interviewer and the job seeker. It is less of a straightforward test or collection of data and more of a give and take exchange between each side, sizing up the opportunity presented in front of them.
Many interviewers practice the basics of structured interviewing, probably without realizing it, but at the same time opening it up to this more updated approach of having an open dialogue with the candidate.
The question arises, then, does all of this added information to the conversation distract the decision maker from making errors in judgment based on data that is not necessarily relevant, or do we now infer that all data captured in the interview is relevant to the hiring decision?
Some of the characteristics of structured interview practices include:
All of these techniques make practical sense in their application, but the consistency in which we utilize them may not be in sync with their effectiveness. As interviewing techniques change and evolve, and we introduce new methodologies, has your process maintained structure over time or have you become more loose as you’ve honed your interviewing skills?
How structured is your organization’s interview process? Do you keep a standardized process or just a framework to go by and allow the interview itself to guide the direction? Are you striking a balance with structured interviews in order to make your definitive hiring decisions?
Let us know your thoughts on structured interviewing and how you approach the interview process to making sound hiring decisions.
Robin L. Rayburn is the Editor & General Manager of Interviewing.com. Robin was introduced to the recruitment industry in 2007 and her passion for people has never let her stray far from it since. In her spare time she manages her blog, RestlessPillow.com, tweets from @interviewingcom and @chitowntexan, and is always striving to help those around her who have a vision for success. You can also find Robin on LinkedIn and Google+.