Interview questions: Which by phone and which in person?

31 Dec 2007 - 2:48pm
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Elizabeth Buie
2004

I have read with interest this past September's discussion of potential interview questions for IxD candidates, and I have a question for you guys. I am presently compiling a list of questions to be asked in telephone interviews and a list to be asked during subsequent in-person interviews. What kinds of questions would you ask over the phone and what would you save for the f2f sessions? (Note: I am not yet asking about exercises, as they need to be conducted in person and my goal right now is to separate phone questions from f2f questions.)

Elizabeth
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31 Dec 2007 - 10:02pm
Itamar Medeiros
2006

One thing I've noticed (after several trial-and-error attempts) is
that you don't want the f2f interview to be a re-run of the phone
interview. So, what I've been doing in the latest interviews is
pretty much ask most of the questions over the phone and leave the
face-to-face for interactions I couldn't do over the phone, like
asking the candidate to solve simple interaction design problems,
whiteboard samples of workflows, etc.

That changes the dynamics of the face-to-face a bit: since most of
the questions have been asked already, I take my time during the f2f
to look for the candidate's attitude: his behavior during meetings
(usually our f2f involve several people), the way of handling
critiques, motivation, etc.

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7 Jan 2008 - 7:11am
vutpakdi
2003

Elizabeth Buie wrote:
> What kinds of questions would you ask over the phone and what would you save for the f2f sessions?
>
Sorry for the delay in reply.

I use some of the same questions over the phone and in person (to see if
the answers change or if I want more detail), but I mostly reserve the
phone questions for the basic screening type questions. The questions
that I ask over the phone (if I am doing the initial screening) are the
ones that answer "are you probably qualified?" and "is it worth bringing
you in to talk to people face to face?".

For in person, I concentrate more on "do I want to work with you?" type
questions.

Ron

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