'Winging it' during interviews poses double danger using unstructured, "tell me about yourself" questions during job interviews not only opens you to discrimination claims, it often results in poor hires, says Mindy Chapman, national director of training for the Chicago law firm of Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal.
The danger: An inconsistent line of questioning makes it more likely that you'll collect protected information (age, marital status, disability status), which makes it easier for applicants to sue. Using a structured list of questions usually prevents those problems.
The threat isn't just a legal issue. A new study says 70 percent of people hired via unstructured interviews do not meet performance expectations after they start. Reason: Interviewers didn't collect the necessary intelligence to make informed decisions.
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