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Interviews should be structured or semistructured

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7065.1149b (Published 02 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1149
  1. Mairead Boohan,
  2. Robert W Stout
  1. Lecturer in medical education Dean Faculty of Medicine, Queen's University of Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NF

    EDITOR,—Sandra Goldbeck-Wood refers to the fact that using A level results allows medical schools to attenuate “numbers sufficiently to make individual interviews practicable.”1 This suggests that the interview is an appropriate technique to augment other selection procedures. There are, however, numerous problems associated with using the interview as a selection tool. Most of these problems pertain to interviewer bias, which results in low validity and interrater reliability coefficients. The sources …

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