The Advantages Using a Questionnaire as Opposed to an Interview

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A questionnaire has a wide variety of different advantages over a traditional interview when it comes to identifying employees. Learn about the advantages of using a questionnaire as opposed to an interview with help from an executive recruiter and career counselor in this free video clip.

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Hello, I'm Bruce Hurwitz, President and CEO of Hurwitz Strategic Staffing. You can find me on the web at The advantages of using a questionnaire as opposed to an interview. Sadly, no matter and no matter how much you want to, you cannot avoid the face to face interview. But, using a questionnaire may help you to avoid candidates who lack the basic qualifications despite what is written in their resumes. For example, think of it as a test. Either the candidate knows the required software or doesn't. It's a yes or no question. In an interview setting, you ask them if they know software package A, they say no but they know B and C. And they, they're an easy study, they can learn it quickly. Well, you don't want somebody who has to learn it. You don't want to teach it to them; they're going to have a big enough learning curve. You want people who know it and in their resume, they may not be clear and in their interview, the may equivocate. So, by asking a straight question, do you know whatever it is, software and anything else, you can eliminate the candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements and focus on those who do. It is a time saving measure that helps but does not eliminate the need for the face to face interview. Good luck and thanks for watching.


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