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

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    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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    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.
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    Unless the interviewer has OCD, why would they care? Where did you hear this?
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    are u talking about some of the health safety study material?
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    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?
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    Oh, maybe they mean AT LEAST 90 degrees or MORE. Anything less would be awkward....?
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    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.
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    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:
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    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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    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.
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    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.
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