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What Is The Logic Behind Scripted Interview Questions? |

What Is The Logic Behind Scripted Interview Questions? |

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A lot of firms use scripted interviews to evaluate potential hires. Why? I take this question head on and explain its benefit for them AND you.


I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm the head coach That's a site with curated information that you can watch, listen to or read that is going to help you find work more quickly.
Now, someone asked this question that I thought was a really good one and it is, "what is the logic behind scripted interview questions?"
Great question and I want to start off with the opposite of unscripted interview questions just to make the point easier. When there's an unscripted interview, a hiring manager may say to one of his or her subordinates, " Talk to this person for a minute. We're trying to fill the job for such-and-such. Ask them some questions."
And the arbitrariness of the questions can become a problem. As someone who used to do recruiting, many times, I would talk to someone after an interview and ask them how it went because I wanted to know what took place. I wanted to find out what they were asked. I wanted to learn more about the assessment criteria that the firm used to evaluate for the position.
And they would talk with me about random questions or questions that came out of a book because the interviewer was not experienced enough to know what they should be asking Or you had questions that didn't really relate to the role, they didn't cover things that were really necessary for the role. The interviewer was all over the place.
A hiring manager then gets feedback from their interviewer. They say, " they don't really know a lot about such and such," because it really wasn't covered as the hiring manager would. So, what a scripted interview does is it ensures that the interviewer hits the points that the hiring manager wants them to hit. Now, this can take place in a panel. It can take place in an interview where someone's being assessed for their skills.
But, you know, when push comes to shove, the idea of a scripted interview is to ensure that a hiring manager is getting useful information. The interviewer is assessing as the hiring manager wants them to assess to determine whether a person really is qualified and, as a result, there's less arbitrariness. There's less bias that comes into it.
After all, I will tell you that some people got tougher interviews because they were older or younger, because they were white or not white. It happens that the interviewer carries their bias and demands into the interview and takes it out on the person in front of them or () this is my personal favorite () because the manager did it last minute, making the request of their subordinate and the subordinate may want to go to lunch has other things to do. They take it out on the person in front of them. So, this helps to avoid that. It helps to ensure that the interviewer stays on target to assess for what is important for the role in the view of the hiring manager.
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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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