Interviews: One Size DOESN’T Fit All

The dreaded interview process, have you been through this lately?  This is one of those activities that is so difficult to fit into your busy daily routine and can feel like hunting for a needle in a haystack, but your goal of course is the perfect fit.  Therefore, the process must be both thoughtful and thorough.

Learning as we all know is a life long journey and as my career tenure reaches a collection of decades, I have learned through guidance and mentoring that interviewing is not as dreaded as I used to think.  Still hard to fit into my schedule but nevertheless, I found the interview style that suits me best and has yielded the best results for my recruitment efforts.  For me that has been the behavioral interview approach.  But as the title of this post states, “one size doesn’t fit all”.


Whether you’re a seasoned pro at hiring people or this is your first time, there are several strategies you can use to improve the selection of candidates that are both proficient in their jobs and committed to the success of your institution. Here are five approaches that you could take:

  1. The non-direct interview: The interviewer asks broad, open-ended questions to allow the candidate to “settle in” to the interview.
  2. The structured interview: The interviewer asks close-ended questions specific to the requirements of the position.
  3. The situational or hypothetic interview: The interviewer presents a hypothetical situation to gauge the candidate’s critical thinking and judgment.
  4. The critical incident behavioral interview: The interviewer probes the work that the candidate has performed in the past.
  5. The panel or sequential interview: This approach involves a panel of interviewers who question and observe a single candidate.

Want to learn more about these interview methods? Take a look at our free eBook “Interviewing Skills for Managers: Systematic Selection Processes for Improved Selection of Candidates”. This eBook will show you how to implement these strategies and provides helpful and cautionary tips to conduct a successful interview.

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