Management Paper on The role of reliability in interviewing.

The role of reliability in interviewing.

Reliability refers to the ability of an instrument to produce consistent results or, in this case, the degree to which an interview method will generate the same results under similar circumstances and subjects. Reliability of interviewing ensures that only qualified personnel are employed. Interviewees should all be subjected to the same interview process or tests to determine the outstanding individual. Reliability is best suited to achieve this as it advocates for similar questions being presented to all the interviewees with the possibility of only one standing out. According to Seidman (2013) reliability ensures the consistency of interview results effectively according to a company’s specifications.

Outcomes of interviews.

Outcomes of interviews refer to the final results of an interview process. The process starts with the advertisement of the vacant position then the receiving of applications. After a rigorous evaluation of all potential candidates, the most logical candidate gets picked for the job. The outcome of the interview could be the selection of the best-suited interviewee or a repeat of the process after failing to find a suitable candidate for the advertised job. This stage is normally the lengthiest part of the interview process as it could take several weeks while the interviews took less time (Walsh & Bull, 2015).

Methods to select target populations for interviews.

Interviews are better conducted if the interviewer can narrow down to a smaller quantity of individuals with similar qualities. This represents the target population of the interviews. These target populations can be selected using several methods including questionnaires method, sampling, use of focus groups, surveys, and participant observation method. However, the sampling method is the most widely used method because of its simplicity, flexibility, cost efficiency, and its highly convenient nature (Black, 2016).


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