Structured interviews are scientifically proven to help you make better hiring decisions. They present each applicant with exactly the same questions in the same order—and all questions are based on competencies required for the job. Every candidate is evaluated using a common rating scale and interviewers submit their ratings separately to minimize bias.
Structured Interviews vs. Unstructured Interviews
In unstructured interviews, interviewers often ask different questions to different candidates, or they’re subconsciously swayed by characteristics that have nothing to do with a candidate’s ability to do the job.
With structured interviews, candidates are selected based on objective rankings—not subjective instincts. Also known as standardized interviews, structured interviews are a tried and true hiring best practice backed by years of research into their effectiveness.
There are 2 types of structured interview guides:
Digital Structured Interview Guides & In-person Digital Structured Interview Guides
These guides and rating scales are uploaded onto a tablet or phone and used during in-person interviews. It’s a separate product that eliminates handwritten note taking and wasted paper—all while unifying applicant ratings.
Simplified Hybrid Interviews
VidCruiter has digitized the structured video interviewing process to make it easier than ever to adopt—no matter what type of interview you’re conducting.
Imagine a scenario with two in-person interviewers and three interviewers joining through video conferencing. With VidCruiter, all five interviewers can access the same interview guides from any device at the same time—and score the candidate in real-time. Scores are automatically consolidated and added to the applicant’s profile, then ranked against other candidates.
WHY ADD STRUCTURED GUIDES TO YOUR INTERVIEWING PROCESS?
Minimize Hiring Bias
Too often, candidates are asked different questions depending on the interviewer, which can lead to accidental bias and hiring mistakes. Structured interviews make it much easier for interviewers to stay objective and organized by promoting objectivity, uniformity, and fairness. Everyone can be confident each candidate was evaluated based on the same criteria.
Establish a Reliable Scoring Baseline
All interviewers’ scores are automatically compiled, calculated, and directly integrated within applicant profiles. This makes it easy to compare job applicants after the interview. Now that’s smart recruiting.
Insta-Insights in Potential Candidate Fit
Get at-a-glance insights to compare applicants side-by-side. As interviewers rate candidates, overall rankings are calculated in real-time, making it easier to accurately identify the most qualified people for the job.
Customized to Your Specific Needs
VidCruiter’s powerful digital hiring platform allows you to build a customized workflow for each position. Different ratings can be set up for each question. Custom workflows can be saved as templates, simplifying the setup of future interview questions and minimizing administrative work. The possibilities are endless.
Get Interview Guides Exactly When You Need Them
Thanks to VidCruiter’s automated interview scheduling, we can provide hiring teams with structured interviewing guides exactly when you need them. No more searching for questions and rating guides moments before an interview. Keep your focus where it needs to be instead of switching back and forth between the candidate and the guide.
Find What You’re Looking for in Applicants
Are you searching for specific skills in an applicant? Leave it to VidCruiter. Simply specify the desired criteria and we’ll present you with applicants who possess the skills you need.
Protect Yourself from Unfair Hiring Practices
Structured job interviews can act as a legal defense against unfounded claims of discrimination in the selection process. The data trail helps mitigate potential legal challenges by documenting the process and demonstrating your commitment to employment equity.