Scott Hodge


60 Minute Job Interview

Mar 30, 2005

Scott Berkun always has something good to share.  His March article focuses on how to best utilize a 60 minute job interview (from the perspective of the one hiring.

He breaks the 60 minutes down into the following segments:

  • 5 minute warm-up
  • Two big questions/problems (25 minutes each)
  • 5 minute wrap up and answer any questions they have.


4 Responses to “60 Minute Job Interview”

  1. Terry Storch says:

    Yea, that is ok…But, do not waste time on people that you know are not a fit. I interview a lot of people and I have to say that many of them get about 6-9 min of my time. There is no way that I am wasting 60 min of my day on someone that I KNOW is not a fit. The first 5 min is key! If you make it past 10 min you are good.
    Just a thought!

  2. scott hodge says:

    Great point Terry. I’ve had those interviews too. Perhaps these tips are more for the people who we are pretty certain are right for the job from the start. Typically, I will know within 3-4 minutes if someone is going to work – sometimes even quicker. If it’s someone like that, there is no way that they are going to get 60 minutes of my time. I agree w/ you.

  3. Scott, I think you have to bear in mind that this is an interview tactic for the tech sector. Now that I’ve been on both sides of the fence, I wouldn’t want to spend the bulk of my time on just two big questions. If this is the first in-person interview, I prefer to go for breadth rather than depth (depth is for the second interview).
    Another thought is that it’s very hard to claim that it’s about working together when the candidate has only 5 minutes at the end to ask their questions. If the interviewer has full control over the alloted time, it’s really THEIR interview and not a dialogue between two people who are trying each other on for a fit.
    Here’s my tip for the interviewer (and one that I will be employing the next time it’s my turn to be on this side): let the candidate open with their questions about the job FIRST. Why? Because once the candidate is better familiarized with the position, they can best tailor their answers to the interviewer’s questions.

  4. It’s a good point Christopher makes. My latest interview (almost 2 years ago now) was basically a sit-down with my future boss. We just talked candidly and casually about my past, his past, what the company was all about, where it’s been and where it’s going. It was a healthy experience that let both parties know more about each other.

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