Why is it important to use the same measurement tools when interviewing and selecting job candidates?

Author: Melanie J. Perez-Vellios

Taking the time to develop pre-established, job-related criteria for interviewing and selecting candidates for a particular position can be an invaluable tool for employers. Oftentimes, an employer can successfully defend a discrimination claim by showing that all candidates were given the same opportunity to compete for the open position and were interviewed, evaluated and selected in the same, nondiscriminatory manner. This includes using the same set of interview questions for each candidate.

In addition, when different employees are conducting interviews, having a standardized process will help to keep the interviews consistent among candidates. For these reasons, it is important that employers take the time to create pre-established criteria for each job opening, and maintain copious notes of each candidate's interview and selection process.