Advantages and disadvantages of interviews

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Definition of Interview

Hiring the right people for a business is a challenging task. Therefore, HR professionals often use a variety of techniques to attract and select the most suitable candidates. Interview is indeed one of those techniques. According to Soanes (2002) an interview is a spoken examination of an applicant for a job or college place.

Advantages and disadvantages of interviews

HR professionals use different types of interviews e.g. structured, semi-structured, and unstructured interviews. However, this article explores some of the advantages and disadvantages of interviews in general.

Advantages of interviews

There are a number of advantages of interviews from the perspectives of both an applicant and a hiring organisation. For example:

Interviews allow job applicants to demonstrate practical evidence of their attributes. They can speak freely and describe their special skills that make them a good fit for the advertised position. They can also ask the interviewers questions about the job and the organisation. And finally, they can decide if they should take up the job.

On the other hand, interviews help employers assess an applicant’s abilities to do a job.  Employers can provide applicants with more details pertaining to the job and the associated responsibilities. It is also an opportunity for them to give a positive impression of the company to the applicants (CIPD, 2013).

Disadvantages of interviews

There are a number of disadvantages of interviews from the perspectives of both an applicant and an organisation. For example:

Interviews are sometimes difficult for some people. They may feel very uncomfortable and anxious which may lead to a poor performance in the interview. They may also be disappointed when they face irrelevant questions from the interviewers.

On the other hand, organisations face certain challenges too. For example, an interview alone may not be effective enough to select the best candidates. Likewise, organisations also need to spend a lot of time for the preparations of the interview. Interviews are generally expensive and there is a possibility that the interviewers may be biased in their assessment of the applicants.

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Last update: 24 March 2018


CIPD (2013) Recruitment: an overview, Available from (Accessed 01 February 2014)

Soanes, K. (2002) Pocket Oxford English Dictionary, 9th edition, New York: OUP

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Author: M Rahman

M Rahman writes extensively online with an emphasis on business management, marketing, and tourism. He is a lecturer in Management and Marketing. He is a graduate of Leeds Metropolitan University and London South Bank University.