Structured Interview


A structured interview is a conversation in which interviewers pose pre-determined questions in order to evaluate an interviewee. In a structured interview, every question is based on the role's specific competencies. This ensures that interviewers get a truer sense of a candidate’s abilities and allows them to make more educated and less biased decisions about each candidate.

During a structured interview, interviewers will note a candidate’s responses to each question, rating them on an already-decided-upon scoring system. Structured interviews ensure that: (1) each interviewee has a similar experience, and (2) interviewers evaluate candidates based on their characteristics and qualifications, not just gut feelings.

Structured interviews have been around for a while but were primarily used in a quantitative research context. Because the same questions are asked in every survey and responses were graded on the same scale, answers could be accurately aggregated and compared with a high level of confidence一a crucial aspect of publishing in academic journals. But recent research on the efficacy of structured interviews has convinced household name companies like Google to adopt this methodology. Structured interviews not only make the hiring process more defined and repeatable, they also decrease bias, lead to better hiring decisions, and increase candidate satisfaction.