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Frequently Asked Questions Assessment Policy

Should agencies use structured interviews in the employee selection process?

OPM encourages agencies to consider the use of structured interviews.  When designed appropriately and used correctly, they have the ability to predict the future job performance of applicants with relatively low adverse impact on minority groups compared to other assessment tools.  The structured interview is among the most valid assessment tools available. 


For more information regarding structured interviews, please visit the Structured Interviews page of OPM's Assessment and Selection website ( and the Structured Interview Guide (


Another good source for more information on structured interviews is the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board report, "The Federal Selection Interview: Unrealized Potential," ( 


For additional information regarding how to create and conduct a structured interview, please contact

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