Chapter 9: Interviewing in Organizations

9.1 Employment Interviews

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In order to make the transition from an outsider to an insider in the business world, you’ll move through a series of steps, both informal and formal. One of the most common steps is the employment interview.  An employment interview can be defined a two-party, variable structured conversation in which both parties have a specific, serious purpose.  For the employer, the serious purpose is selecting the best person for the job. For the applicant, the serious purpose it to decide if the job and the organization are good fits. Interviewing is time consuming and has financial implications for both parties, thus proper planning is essential.

We will explore the preparation and performance components for the employer (i.e., interviewer) and potential new employee (i.e., applicant) in the following sections.

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