INTERVIEWS / AUG. 07, 2013
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Why Perform a Speed Interview?

Traditional interviews have taken place for many decades and remain a prominent part of the interviewing scene. But as times change, including how people communicate with each other and the multifarious mediums that we use to post jobs, more and more recruiters are turning away from traditional interviews in place of more avant-garde approaches to interviewing.

Speed interviews are the latest craze to evolve from the interviewing scene. Their popularity has come as a growing number of recruiters are looking for unique and immediate ways to conduct a job interview.

Problems with traditional interviews

They are incredibly time-consuming for all parties involved. Consider the amount of time taken to review the CV, conduct the interview and compile post-interview notes.

They are very repetitive. As a recruiter or hiring manager, conducting interview after interview in the same setting and with the same questions can become incredibly repetitive.

They are highly subjective. Once you have performed one or two full-length interviews you will automatically begin to compare candidates based on their answers to incredibly subjective questions.

Advantages of a speed interview

#1 Speed interviews are one of the fastest and most convenient ways to find top quality candidates.

Major conglomerates such as IBM, Travelodge and PNC Financial are choosing to perform speed interviews in place of traditional interviews, due to their stronger connection between society and HR systems of today.

#2 Intuition plays a much more powerful role in finding a top candidate than an exhaustive recruitment process.

As a result, speed interviews are fast evolving on the interview circuit. They allow recruiters to make immediate comparisons between candidates, rather than having to wait long periods of time between interviews.

#3 They avoid time wasting

Time wasting in traditional interviews in not uncommon, as interviewers seek ways to remain polite after they have already made the decision to reject the candidate, whilst a candidate will ride-out the interview despite the fact that they have already chosen not to accept the job.

#4 Managers like them

Managers appreciate speed interviews because they do not waste precious time and they are easy to schedule. Speed interviews last between 5 and 10 minutes on average, enabling managers to make full use of their available time. They take less time to complete yet speed up the hiring process significantly.

Things to look out for during a speed interview

  • Body language cues
  • A good handshake
  • A positive introduction
  • An encouraging first impressio
  • The urge to learn more


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