I have a quick question; I just can't figure it out.

  1. During the interview process chairs should be at 90 degree angles. Does this mean that both chairs are next to each other parallel to each other facing the same direction or facing each other?
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  3. by   merlee
    A 90 degree angle would mean they are in an L shape. But why the fuss? Most of the time they are simply facing each other.
  4. by   BrandonLPN
    Unless the interviewer has OCD, why would they care? Where did you hear this?
  5. by   united32809
    are u talking about some of the health safety study material?
  6. by   Flatlander
    This doesn't make sense to me either. I don't like the chairs at 90 degrees. You'd have to twist your neck or turn in your chair to look at each other, wouldn't you?

    Placement of chairs depends on the size and shape of the room, where the tables are, how many people are in there, etc. I think what's important is to be able to see each other, respect personal space (not too close or too far away), be comfortable, etc.

    I have heard that sitting behind a desk with the interviewee on the other side is distancing. It makes the interviewer seem more authoritative. That could be either desirable or not.

    Most people don't like to have their backs to the door.

    Usually, you want to be able to maintain an open, comfortable body position. Swivel chairs without arms aren't very comfortable in my opinion. They're awkward to get in and out of without worry about scooting or losing your balance.

    Other than that....I agree. Who cares?
  7. by   Flatlander
    Oh, maybe they mean AT LEAST 90 degrees or MORE. Anything less would be awkward....?
  8. by   Esme12
    I read this somewhere that during an assessment the positioning of the chair was important....now I can't remember...off to search for an answer.
  9. by   tnmarie
    I remember reading the same thing about job interviews; I think it was in a body language book or something. I think they mean this:

    I agree with a previous poster that it doesn't seem very practical. I've also never seen a job interview done in this way nor have any of my interviews been done this way. Hope it helps anyway!

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  10. by   BrandonLPN
    If you walk into the interview, and the chair is in front of the desk, facing the interviewer, just drag the chair around her desk so you two can sit next to each other. I'm sure that would go over well.
  11. by   united32809
    fundamental book- assessment- during prep phase of patient interview put chairs at right angles to each other about 3 to 4 feet apart or at 45 degree angle to bed if patient in bed.
  12. by   TinaSpradleyParks
    When I have had an interview with any of my job prospects, I have always left it up to the interviewer to arrange the room as to how they want to do the interview. This gives them the 'authority' over the interview. Typically, the interviewer is behind a desk and I am usually on the other side. Sometimes they do not even have chairs at all, they have sofas which are much more comfortable than a hard chair anyway.

    I would not stress about an interview. When you arrive for an interview, be confident where ever the interviewer asks you to sit. This shows respect for the interviewer. I am from the deep south, so I always say yes/no ma'am/sir, please and thank you. The questions in the interview are now computer based questions so really there is nothing to prepare for. Just be yourself. Be positive. Answer all questions to the best of your ability and it should be a slam dunk.

    Where you sit is up to the interviewer. Respect that and be confident: always look your interviewer in the eyes when answering a question. This lets them know you are telling the truth. The rest should be a piece of cake. Seating arrangements do not matter. Hope this helps.
  13. by   siRNita
    I had an interview with 2 people sort of in a y configuration in a conference room. It was rather awkward and I felt like I was swiveling my head to try to make eye contact with both individuals. Plus one of the interviewers was nodding and the other was not emoting at all.But... I got the job!
  14. by   imintrouble
    Every job interview I've ever been on had the same configuration.
    Interviewer behind the desk, me in front.

    Thinking about it now, every interview I've ever been on involved people of my generation. I guess we just didn't get the memo.

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