An interview is a flexible and intensive method used in assessments or evaluation. It is usually conducted for different purposes, including research (case studies) and job interviews. The interviews assess different aspects in an individual, such as knowledge, skills, personality, or motivation. Reliability plays a major role in interviewing while focusing on the factors like an interview administered by the same or different interviewers (Cooper & Robertson, 2001). Such factors bring about different outcomes hence the intervention of reliability for fairness.
Since each interview presents unique aspects, achieving reliability in selection interviews might be a problem because there are differences between interviewers, the questions asked, and the interpretation of answers given (Nezu & Nezu, 2008). A decrease in the structure of the interview might cause a drop in reliability. This fact, therefore, shows that reliability plays a big role in interviewers coming up with structured interviews for better outcomes hence fairness. The result of an interview refers to the data or information collected by the interviewer for evaluation after an interview.
The interviews use different methods of evaluation to come up with a selected population to interview. Before the selection, interviewers put a lot of consideration into various aspects of the survey that influence the method used. Such methods include probability methods, quota methods, selective method, and convenience methods. These methods are further divided into smaller categories as per the population needed. For example, if one wants expert opinions, the most suitable method would be the expert sampling method, which falls under the selective method. Since the outcome of an interview determines important matters, such as case studies or jobs for an individual, the process should be put into careful consideration.
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Nezu, A. M., & Nezu, C. M. (2008). Evidence-based outcome research: A practical guide toconducting randomized controlled trials for psychosocial interventions. New York:Oxford University Press.