Structured Interviews in Law Enforcement Selection Process

Interviews are one tool among many used in various selection processes, including the law enforcement selection process. In general, the goal of a selection procedure is to select the best qualified individual for the job while minimizing potential errors in decisions made using these tools. One way to minimize the potential for decision errors related to interviews is to gain an understanding of the characteristics, development considerations, and evaluation processes associated with structured interviews. This entry discusses these aspects of structured interviews as well as employment law, with a focus on law enforcement.

Interview Characteristics

Levels of Structure

There are three levels of structure used during interviews. At one extreme is the structured interview that contains high levels of standardization and consistency and is designed to minimize question ...

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