Structured Interview

1. What is structured interview?

• The interviewer has a standard set / sequence of questions that are asked of all candidates.
• Interviewers read the questions exactly as they appear on the survey questionnaire.
• The choice of answers to the questions is often fixed (close-ended) in advance, though open-ended questions can also be included within a structured interview.
• This makes it easier for the interviewer to evaluate and compare candidates fairly.

2. Purposes of structured interview

• The aim of this approach is to ensure that each interviewee is presented with exactly the same questions in the same order.
• This ensures that answers can be reliably aggregated and that comparisons can be made with confidence between sample subgroups or between different survey periods.

3. Contents of structured interview

• Instructions to conduct comprehensive and consistent interviews to ensure the best person is hired.
• Basic entry level test with answer key and scoring sheets.
• Interview questions specifically for health care mechanics.
• Job descriptions for three levels of health care maintenance work.
• Evaluation matrix to score each potential candidate.

4. Advantages of structured interview

• Provides insight into declarative knowledge used.
• Study of one concept can lead to the definition of other unknown related concepts.
• Maintains a focus on a given issue.
• Provides detailed information on the issue.
• Provides structural relationships of concepts.

5. Disadvantages of structured interview

• Concepts unrelated to the interviews focus may not be found.
• You must be secure in your understanding of the important issues to direct the interview.
• Provides only weak insight into procedural knowledge such as rules or problem-solving strategies.

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