Advantages - it allows the interviewer to observe the candidates facial expressions/ body language which in turn will give the interviewer a clearer indication of the candidates true, honest feelings/ emotions. Also, the candidate is more likely to provide the interviewer with more information in terms of 'open-ended' questions as they may feel more comfortable/ open speaking just one-on-one. Another advantage would be that the interviewer can pass a clearer/ stronger judgement of the candidate as they are face-to-face.
Disadvantages - it is very time-consuming for an interview to take place. Also, the interviewer will have to take into consideration all of the ethical/ legal issues and requirements involved when conducting the interview with the candidate, which is again, time-consuming.
Another advantage is that you can re word your question if the interviewee does not understand
Do you any more disadvantages of interviews?
The interviewer can explain any points that the person has misunderstood and they can answer any questions and repeat or rephrase them. Have to pay for each interview – much more expensive.
Find out personality or the person, how they dress etc. Respondents may feel uneasy about answering personal questions face to face with an interviewer.
Face to face interviews are very important. There are many advantages of face-to-face interviews. The main advantage of face-t-face or direct interviews is that the researcher can adapt the questions as necessary, clarify doubt and ensure that the responses are properly understood, by repeating or rephrasing the questions. The researcher can also pick up nonverbal cues from the respondent.
Any discomfort, stress and problems that the respondent experiences can be detected through frowns, nervous taping and other body language, unconsciously exhibited by any person. . This would be impossible to detect in a telephone interview. So face-to-face helps the interviewee to get the desired results and help them the expression of the person to whom they are interviewing. By reading the facial expression of the respondent the interviewer can easily understand what the respondent want to tell them about any thing.
The main disadvantages of face-to-face interviews are the geographically limitations they may impose on the surveys and the vast resources needed if such surveys need to be done nationally or internationally. The costs of training interviewers to minimize interviewer's biases for example differences in questioning methods, interpretation of response are also high. Another drawback is that respondents might feel uneasy about the anonymity of their responses when they deal face to face interviews.
Allows you to asses body language, hand outs can be given out and feedback is given back immediatly.
The most use full advantage of face t face interview is that the interviewer judge the non verbal expression of the interviewee.
The gesture and the body language of the applicant.
The feeling of the interviewee.
The analyst can probe in greater depth about the person’s work than can be achieved with other models.