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employee comparison technique

any method of employee evaluation in which the performance of one employee is compared with that of others, rather than considered in absolute terms. Examples include the ranking method, the forced distribution method, and the paired comparison method.

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February 26th 2024

intake interview

intake interview

1. the initial interview with a client by a therapist or counselor to obtain both information regarding the issues or problems that have brought the client into therapy or counseling and preliminary information regarding personal and family history.

2. the initial interview with a patient who is being admitted into a psychiatric hospital, day treatment program, or inpatient substance abuse facility. Intake interviews are also common in government-funded mental health services, such as those provided at community mental health centers, in determining eligibility and appropriateness of the client for services offered. An intake interview may be carried out by a specialist who may not necessarily treat the patient, with the information obtained used to determine the best course of treatment and the appropriate therapist to provide it.