Role of interview we must try and understand that

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Role of Interview We must try and understand that interviews are so essential in the selection process that many times, selection of the candidates is made on the basis of} interview alone. If handled properly, interview contributes in, the following, ways: It is the only method of direct contact between the candidates and the employer in which the employer can se e a candidate in” action -how he looks, his manner, his wearing, his appearance, etc., method of interaction and answering etc. 1. Many of the information can be sought through the interview which may not be available in application form, or cannot be disclosed by the selection tests, such as: family background, future plans; etc.
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73 2. The ‘interview can be used as a tool for giving information about the organization, its policies, nature of the work to be performed by the candidate salary and other benefits to be offered. Negotiations, if any, about the salary and- perks to be offered to the candidate can also be undertaken. Hence we should remember that interview can be used ‘as a method to promote goodwill among the candidates by offering courtesy, by providing vocational literature, by constructive suggestions, and by showing interest in them. 8.3.2 Types of Interview Types of interviews: Interviews can be classified in various ways according to: 1. Degree of Structure 2. Purpose of Interview 3. Content of Interview (A) Degree of Structure (1) Unstructured or non directive: in which you ask questions as they come to mind. There is no set format to follow. (2) Structured or directive: in which the questions and acceptable responses are specified in advance. The responses are rated for appropriateness of content. Structured and non-structured interviews have their pros and cons. In structured interviews all applicants are generally asked all required questions by all interviewers. Structured interviews are generally more valid. However structured interviews do not allow the flexibility to pursue points of interests as they develop. (B) Purpose of Interview A selection interview is a type of interview designed to predict future job performance, on the basis of applicant’s res ponses to the oral questions asked to him. A stress interview is a special type of selection interview in which the applicant is made uncomfortable by series of awkward and rude questions. The aim of stress interview is supposedly to identify applicant’s low or high stress tolerance. In such an interview the applicant is made uncomfortable by throwing him on the defensive by series of frank and often discourteous questions by the interviewer. (C) Content of Interview The content of interview can be of a ty pe in which individual’s ability to project a situation is tested. This is a situation type interview.
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