[IPAC-List] Time for Situational Interview Questions

RPClare at aol.com RPClare at aol.com
Wed Mar 13 16:27:50 EDT 2013

I think it varies, not so much by the "complexity"/level of the job but
according to the complexity of the expected answer. If we have used quality
SME's, we should have, at least, quality examples of great, OK and weak
responses (or response components). I would also rather have more time than
less. As a sometime interviewee, I hate when I have no idea regarding the
number of questions and then feel pressured when a complex question is presented
along with the notation that there's only one minute left. I like a model
with an 45-60 minute interview, 6-7 questions with time for opening and
closing as well as the candidates opportunity for closing questions/remarks.
The number of interview process and number of questions should be presented
first and the closing should include a brief description of the rest of the
selection process. I have great stories of being subject to poorly
orchestrated interview panels. I'm currently on hold for a position for which I'm
one of 4 finalists, because they haven't decided what the next step is
going to be.No wonder they need an HR Director.

In a message dated 3/13/2013 3:42:07 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
dennisdoverspike at gmail.com writes:

Following up on the recent discussion, does anyone have any benchmarks or
recommendations as to how many good situational or behavioral interview
questions can be asked per hour (and answered of course) or put another way -
how many minutes per question?

Does it vary by the complexity of job? So is the time longer for
managerial jobs? I would tend to guess so but not sure.

Dennis Doverspike, PhD., ABPP
Licensed Psychologist, #3539 (OHIO)
Independent Consultant
Professor of Psychology, University of Akron
_dennisdoverspike at gmail.com_ (mailto:dennisdoverspike at gmail.com)

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