It's no longer enough just to figure out what to ask candidates in an upcoming job interview (see "interviewing: what to say … and what not to say," DC VELOCITY, April 2003). You also have to choose the most appropriate type of interview to conduct. Gone are the days when you asked about the candidate's background, threw in a couple of open-ended questions (What are your two biggest strengths and weaknesses?), lobbed a few curveballs (If you were a plant, what kind would you be?), and then closed. Interviews today come in a variety of formats. Here are nine types you'll want to be familiar with.
Clearly, managers on the hiring line today have plenty of options,none of which bears much resemblance to the predictable interview format of yesteryear. Choosing the right type of interview for the situation takes more thought than just following a standard format, of course, but at least you'll learn more about the candidate's skills and abilities than you will about his inner plant.