- Posted by kmahon
- On June 26, 2017
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Regardless of company size or industry, when it comes time to hire a new employee it is essential to have a structured interview process in place.
It is easy to overlook the importance of structured interviews, but doing so could lead you down the wrong path (and that is not a place you want to end up).
The primary issue with unstructured interviews is the legal risks, including the following:
- More lawsuits in relation to mistakes made during the hiring process
- A greater chance of losing a lawsuit
A report entitled “Legal Risk in Selection: An Analysis of Processes and Tools,” published by Springer Science+Business Media, examined the issues associated with an unstructured interview process.
Here is an excerpt from the findings:
“Results demonstrate that while some selection tools do attract legal scrutiny, dangerous hiring practices such as favoritism against protected classes and improper human resource documentation put employers at far greater risk of suit. When considering cases settled outside of court and those that continued to trial, the data reveal that employers lose employment discrimination cases at a rate nearing 90 % and suffer an average payout of over $1.5 million per case.”
This information alone should provide you with a greater idea of why a structured interview process is a must.
Even if you believe your company is doing everything the right way, one mistake, regardless of what it may be, could result in a lawsuit. For example, the Springer Science+Business Media study discussed the perils associated with a lack of documentation.
Without proper documentation, you may not be able to prove fairness when hiring a worker. And with incomplete or improper records, standing up to the other party in court will be a monumental challenge.
Other Benefits of Structured Interviews
You should now realize that one of the main benefits of structured interviews is the ability to avoid a lawsuit while remaining fair throughout the interview and hiring process. Along with this, there are others to consider:
- Structured interviews help you identify the most qualified candidates, without concerns that you are overlooking the right person for the job.
- A structured interview process will allow you to remain organized, from start to finish, saving you both time and money.
- If you have relied on an interview guide in the past, you can convert it to a more convenient electronic format, allowing you to take advantage of technology, such as video interviewing, in the future.
At VidCruiter, we understand the risks associated with unstructured interviews. We also understand the benefits of creating and following a structured process. You have enough to worry about without having to concern yourself with a lawsuit in relation to an interview mishap. There is no better time than now to bring more structure to your interview and hiring processes.