Question: Any advice on how to handle tougher and more complicated interviews?
I read your book and I understand now about the five basic interview questions, and I’d be happy if that’s all I needed to do. But the job interviews I’ve had have been a lot more complicated.
I just read a report on Glass Door that confirms my own experience. Tests, phone screens, more tests, role playing, group interviews, off-the-wall questions. And if that’s not bad enough, according to the report, the time it takes to go through the whole process has increased to an average 23 days in 2013 compared to 12 days in 2010. You give great advice for maintaining equilibrium while going through the job search process, but how do you stay sane when you finally get an interview and this is what they put you through?
Frazzled Interview Candidate
I started to notice around 10-15 years ago that organizations were taking much longer to hire. The increased hiring process always seemed to accelerate right after a recession, especially after 2008-2009 and 2001-2002. The big investment banks were an exception; they have had long, involved interview situations for a long time (one of them calls it Super Saturday, where there are perhaps eight in a row, AFTER several preliminary meetings). In general, though, what used to be around 2-3 rounds of interviews at most somehow has evolved into 5-6. More hurdles have gradually been introduced into the equation. Assessments. Interviews with potential subordinates. Group interviews. Initial phone screens (more and more common). Delays. Lack of response. Much longer overall process.
I'm not sure that the increased hurdles have yielded better results, but one thing is certain--organizations are afraid of making hiring mistakes, and want to ensure successful hires. It's expensive to hire the wrong candidate, but It's not clear whether the new, extended interviewing has guaranteed the desired results.
Unfortunately, job seekers frequently will now encounter these labyrinthine processes, and it's important to try to get through them by avoiding some of the pitfalls.
Let's take a look at a few possible steps you might face in a protracted process:
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