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Use these four types of interviews to find the best candidate

by , 19 November 2014
You've shortlisted a few applicants for a vacancy. Now it's time to conduct interviews to assess them against the job requirements.

Interviews are very important because you have to find the candidate that fits the job. And the only way to do this is to conduct successful interviews.

Continue reading below for the four types of interviews you can use to make sure you hire the right person and save your company time and money...


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Four types of interviews

Use any, or a combination of these interview types to find the candidate that fits the brief.
  1. Use an unstructured interview when you want to find out a little more about the candidate. Hold a conversation rather than asking planned questions.
  2. Use a structured interview to compare candidates. Ask all applicants the same structured questions.
  3. Use a mixed interview to ask the same structured and unstructured questions and get more information through conversation.
  4. Use a competency-based interview to find out if the person has the required competencies for the job. Ask questions that allow the candidate to give examples of times in the past when he's displayed the required competencies.

Generally, a first interview should take approximately 30 minutes. If you include the competency-based questions, the interview should take approximately an hour. Decide how many interviews you need based on the number of questions you need to ask and how many competencies you need to assess.

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