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Developing Interview Criteria

A structured interview plan is required to effectively use scoring sheets. It also requires users to put the meaning of each potential score into words, rather than relying on intuition, to help interviewers be more consistent. Consider the following:

  • 1/5: The answer missed the point of the question entirely or was otherwise wholly inadequate
  • 2/5: A poor or incomplete answer that nonetheless contained good points
  • 3/5: A basically adequate answer that hit the key points of the question, but which goes no further
  • 4/5: A strong answer that goes beyond the basic requirements of the question
  • 5/5: An excellent answer that is exactly what you’re looking for

Avoid including questions or ratings related to potentially offensive or illegal topics on your scorecards. Common subjects to leave off of your scoring sheet include gender, race, age, marital and family status, religious background and pregnancy status or intentions of becoming pregnant.

Interview Scoring Sheet Template Heading link

Applicant #1 Applicant #2 Applicant #3 Applicant #4 Applicant #5 Applicant #6
Question #1 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Question #2 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Question #3 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Question #4 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Question #5 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Question #6 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total score #/30 #/30 #/30 #/30 #/30 #/30

Interview Scoring Sheet Sample Heading link

Interview Questions H. Yifan R. Huebner D. Bronstein J. Capablanca S. Polgar R. Fischer
Describe situations where you had to work with “difficult” people in the workplace and how you overcame the problem. 4 4 3 5 5 4
What does “teamwork” mean to you, and what are some examples of applying teamwork in past positions? 5 3 4 5 5 2
Do you have examples of an occasion where you had to respond to questions that went beyond your knowledge? 3 5 5 5 3 4
Have you ever dealt with situations at work that required confidentiality? How did you handle the situation? 3 3 4 5 5 3
Describe a past situation where you had to manage a difficult client. 5 1 4 5 2 5
Think of a time when things went wrong, how did you recover afterward? 5 4 2 5 4 5
Total Score #/30 25/30 20/30 22/30 30/30 24/30 23/30