Develop a Structured Interview

In the EGuide, The Structured Interview, we detail how to develop a valid, legally defensible hiring process through adding structure to your interview process. With this in mind, we have developed an interview checklist of 5 things you need to complete your structured interview process.

1. Interview Questions Closely Aligned with Job


  • Reduces bias by eliminating subjective questions
  • Increases the predictive validity for future job performance
  • Increases content validity
  • Increases legal defensibility
  • Increases both actual and perceived fairness

2. All Candidates are Asked the Same Questions


  • Reduces bias as all candidates are given the same opportunity to communicate their qualifications
  • More legally defensible
  • Increases both actual and perceived fairness

3. Pre-Determined Rating Scales are Used


  • Increases the accuracy of interviewers by providing specific guidance on what constitutes high / low scores
  • Quantifies subjective data
  • Enhances the ability to compare candidates

4. Use Multiple Interviewers (Interview Panels)


  • Reduces personal bias by capturing multiple perspectives
  • Allows participation from multiple departments and / or multiple levels of the organization

5. Train Interviewers


  • Ensures interviewers are knowledgeable about the position requirements
  • Effective questioning is used
  • Answers are properly documented
  • Rating scales are properly applied

For more detailed information on how to develop a structured interview process, download the EGuide, The Structured Interview.