Tormenting job candidates with numerous interviews
If you ever had more than three interviews for a job, you know the process was stressful and probably unorganized. After all, why do companies put their candidates through so many rounds of interviews?
There was an article posted on August 1, 2021, from the BBC, regarding many rounds of interviews, the toll it took on the candidate, and probably the company. I included the link to the article here, or you can search for “The rise of the never-ending job interviews.” The article was interesting for a number of reasons, including this is happening around the world.
Why do companies do this?
- The company’s HR department is to blame. Either they are unable to get the right people in the right place to conduct an interview, they have no idea of what they are doing, or maybe they do not have a ‘seat at the table’ to offer suggestions and avoid situations like this.
- The company’s leadership is detached from the realities of what is acceptable for a candidate to endure and thinks if a candidate is willing to go the distance, they really want to the job.
- The company could have made some bad hiring decisions in the past, and their strategy is overly cautious.
- Maybe some other reason, and if you know of any other reasons, please leave a comment.
What are the problems with having so many rounds of interviews?
- Candidates will drop off.
- Candidates will waste their time and feel bad about the enormous mental and physical cost of going through these interviews.
- The company will lose tonnes of time scheduling interviews and conducting them.
- The company’s image will degrade. After all, who would want to go through one more interview than one must. Interviews are stressful for many people, and they must take time from their day to prepare and attend to them.
What should you do?
- I would suggest you feed this back to the company’s leadership team. They may be unaware of what the HR department is doing or that rogue manager. It’s tough to be in-the-know all the time; you could provide feedback.
- You can ask the hiring contact how many interviews you will go through at the beginning of the process, and then you know what to expect.
- You can jump through the hoops and hope for the best.
So, for whatever reason, companies need to hear about how the interview process affects their candidates. I would provide feedback and let them know about your experience, and include some examples. Just be kind with the input and constructive as maybe some members of the team are unaware of this issue, and who knows, perhaps they might appreciate your input and ask you for one more interview 😉
Making the first impression is super important, so if a company fails at the start of the relationship, you should reconsider working for them.
What are some stories that you have about going through many rounds of interviews? How did you feel, and was it worth it?