A structured interview is a standardized way of interviewing job candidates based on the specific needs of the job.
In general, the employer creates interview questions focused on the skills and abilities the company is seeking. Each interviewee is asked the exact same questions, in the exact same order. Each interviewee is ranked on the same scale in the structured job interview.
Examples of Questions
While questions vary based on the skills required for the specific job, here are some common questions for a structured job interview:
- Tell me about yourself.
- What makes you an ideal candidate for this job?
- Why are you interested in this job?
- What are your strengths? Weaknesses?
- Would you be willing to travel for extended periods of time for this job?
- Tell me about an incident during the past year in which you were particularly proud of your performance and share it with us.
- Tell me about a time when you made a mistake at work. How did you handle the situation? What was the result?
- Describe a situation in which you had to deal with a conflict among team members. What actions did you take? What was the result?
- An angry client comes to your desk and complains that she has not received the reimbursement she was told was in the mail. How will you help her?