Terminology Guide


  • Interview - Refers to the set of circuits, questions and competencies 
  • Question - the statement or query posed for an applicant to respond.
  • Competency - the underlying quality or characteristic that a question is meant to assess.
  • Rubric - the criteria by which a reviewer determines how to score the applicant for a given competency.
  • Participant - Refers to the group of applicants, reviewers and observers. Anyone who will directly participate in a live interview circuit.
  • Applicant - Participant(s) being evaluated during a circuit. 
  • Reviewer - Participant(s) performing the evaluation during a circuit. Responsible for leaving ratings and comments.

Specific to Live Assessments:

  • Circuit - The full experience that an applicant goes through. A circuit is made up of one or more stations.
  • Station - the specific time and video link where an applicant is evaluated. An applicant can go through a single station or multiple as part of their circuit.
  • Single-applicant station - A station where only 1 applicant is being evaluated.
  • Multi-applicant station / group station - A station where 2 or more applicants are being evaluated
  • Pairing station - A station where exactly 2 applicants are being evaluated. A common use case for this is an MMI where applicants are asked to take on “giver” role in one station and “receiver” role in another station
  • Single-length station - Default length of stations in a circuit.
  • Double-length station - Double the amount of time as a single-length station.
  • Break station - a station that is left open for reviewers, where they are not expected to evaluate any applicants.
  • Bonus time - extra time at the end of the circuit. This time can be used by reviewers to ensure they have captured all notes and ratings for the applicants they saw during the course of the circuit.
  • Observer - Participant(s) who may play a role in the station scenario or who may be asked to observe but not rate during a circuit.