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Do Structured Interviews Lead to Better Candidates?

March 7th, 2019

The short answer is yes! The interview is such a crucial step in the hiring process. This face-to-face meeting will play a major role in deciding whether or not the candidate is a good fit the position at your company.

However, it can feel daunting to make this important decision in such a quick time frame. Without a structured interview, you may not be gathering the right information, or know how to use that information properly once the interview has ended.

Why You Should Have a Structured Interview

It’s clear that a structured interview will help you during the hiring process. Here are three main reasons why you should make sure your interviews fit within a structure.

Eliminate Bias

Unfortunately, without structure, the chance for a quality interview can be sidelined by biases made within the first ten seconds of meeting a candidate. It’s clear that this is unfair, but without structured processes, like asking common questions, it can be difficult to push aside snap judgments and give your candidate the chance they deserve.

Create a Better Experience for the Candidate (More Offer Acceptance)

When an interview is structured, it will have order and focus, providing less chance for distractions. Since you will have a clear plan in place, you will also be confident and calm during the interview, which will help your candidate mirror those feelings as well. A structured interview will help create a positive experience, which plays a major role in whether or not they accept an offer from your company.

More Efficient & Better Quality

A structured interview is like having a meeting agenda. Even if multiple people are involved in the interview, they will all follow your structure and the interview will run its track, without wasting time because of distractions, miscommunication, or confusion. Everyone will be able to return to work quickly, making the interview efficient for everyone and effective as you collect the right information to make your hiring choice.

How to Implement the Structured Interview

Here’s how to create and implement the structured interview process in three easy steps.

Know the Goals & Responsibilities of the Position

It is so important to be prepared for the interview and know exactly what goals and responsibilities were listed in the job description for the position. It will look extremely disorganized and unprofessional if you don’t know what the candidate is interviewing for. If you are involving multiple team members from the company, be sure to give them all a handout of the job description with these sections highlighted.

Create Common Interview Questions

An effective way to create a structured interview is to create common interview questions for each candidate. While the questions may vary depending on different positions, each job position should have its own set of common questions. During the interview, you can always ask follow-up questions depending on how candidates answer, but a set of common questions will keep the field level, eliminate bias, and also keep you focused and structured.

Determine a Grading System

Lastly, determine a grading system for your interviews. You and your hiring team will decide how you will rank or grade the candidates so it is easier to see who is most qualified for the job. This will help keep discussions about hiring the right candidate succinct, in addition to making it easier to keep track of which qualities each candidate had that fit the needs of the job position and the needs of the company.

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