Directed Interview

A directed interview will follow a logical progression resembling a question and answer format.  This structured session is much less conversational.  This type of questioning may be used during the first round of a series of interviews.  This style may also be utilized by an unassuming and inexperienced manager.  Often, this type of interview is used when hiring younger applicants for hourly positions.  Generally a typical session would go as follows:

  • The interviewer begins with small talk to put the applicant as ease and establish a rapport.
  • An interviewer may then describe the position and give a brief summary of the business.
  • Your resume may then be reviewed and questioned regarding the specific content information inside: education, work experience and so on.
  • A line of questioning may then center upon your attributes and capabilities.  You may be asked to describe your abilities and personal qualities.
  • The interview will finalize with an opportunity for you to ask any questions.  The manager will traditionally express his or her appreciation for your attendance.
  • As you shake hands with the interviewer, you may be given information regarding future steps within this employment process, such as if and when you may be called back to begin initial paperwork or a second interview.


Regarded a Directed Interview -


Playing to your Strength - Directed interviews are considered easy preparation because of the straight line questioning and expected format.  Few of these interviews cause an excessive amount of stress.  The questions are often simple in nature.  Generally, the employer can gather a large amount of information about you with little effort on your part to reaffirm important details about yourself.

Watch Out - This type of interview may seem cold and straight forward - depending upon the personality of the manager.  This conversational style may be a challenge to blend in portions of your important concerns / agenda.  Because the conversation seems mechanical, the applicant may not have the chance to showcase personal qualities.  Do not remain shy.  Open up and share.

As a rule of thumb, participate equally in the conversation.  Do not ramble and talk endlessly in circles.  Share in time speaking.  Take time to insert any important concerns or reminders. Find a common element to share with the interviewer.