Structured interviews are better than unstructured interviews because they are ________. a. easier to conduct b. more valid and reliable
Structured interviews are better than unstructured interviews because they are ________.
a. easier to conduct
b. more valid and reliable
c. liked better by job applicants
d. less time-consuming
b is correct
Unstructured interviews comprise questions that may be informal and unplanned so they lack a standardized scoring key. This makes the results unreliable and invalid to conclude.
Structured interviews are more formal and standardized. They have a defined set of questions and answer keys which makes the result more valid and reliable.
a is incorrect
The interview is conducted to evaluate certain personality characteristics and abilities of an individual.
Though unstructured interviews are more flexible and can be more convenient for the interviewer, untrained professionals may ask irrelevant questions. Also, the unstructured interview does not have a scoring key which makes it difficult to assess behaviors, skills, and potential.
On the other hand, structured interviews are fully crafted, have a specific set of planned questions, and a specific scoring key. As a result, structured interviews are generally preferred over unstructured interviews.
c is incorrect
Interviews are conducted to assess specific potentials and characteristics of an individual that are required for the job. As a result, regardless of the choice of the applicant, a structured interview is preferred over an unstructured interview which provides a valid, reliable, and standardized result of the applicant by evaluating pre-planned questions.
d is incorrect
Structured interviews are comprised of questions that elicit responses to be scored. Since the interview needs to ask all questions in the list, structured interviews are likely to be time-consuming.
During unstructured interviews, interviewers end up taking whichever direction the interviewer and the applicant find fit. The interview ends whenever the relevant information has been obtained and lacks any scoring which may take less time.
As a result, structured interviews are not better with respect to the duration of the interview as they may consume more amount of time than an unstructured interview.