Gone are the days of ‘’client control’’ and endless interview options…
8 first-round interviews, 3 finals, and then having the choice of candidates to extend an offer to, has indeed been left in yesteryear. Equally, gone are the days of the candidate who had ‘’slim pickings’’ regarding the next rung up the ladder – But is this a good thing, surely, right?
Let’s talk about it!
The process… (from a recent study carried out by a core job board)
Did you know that people who have been selected for three job interview stages have the greatest probability of receiving a job offer?
Those who have had two interview stages have a 17% chance, whereas those who have five or more interviews have just a 9% chance of getting hired.
The question is, where and why did hiring get so complicated, and what are the frustrations on both sides of the playing field?
Top Candidate Qualms:
- Pace – Being part of an interview process that goes on for 2 months really isn’t ideal. An inability to communicate leaves candidates demotivated, distracted, and disengaged.
- Be firm but fair – Don’t get the balance wrong. Less interrogation and more conversation is an approach to consider — a candidate will not want to feel like you are trying to catch them out. Remember that the process is a two-way street, and bad impressions can be formed at both ends of it.
- Be flexible – Candidates will often have 2 or 3 interviews going on at once, whilst also holding down a full-time job. So, suggesting one or two tight interview slots shows a lack of awareness, and in some cases can be pretty off-putting.
- Feedback – lack of candidate feedback has widely been reported as one of the biggest bug bears, so giving constructive comments to the candidate in between stages is seen to be another step in building that rapport.
Top Client Qualms:
- Reliability – There is nothing worse than not being taken seriously. If you commit to an interview show up! Or, at the very least, try and give 24hrs notice before cancelling. Having the right attitude can make all the difference.
- Make an effort – Whether this is in your presentation or preparation, e.g. reading around the company, checking out websites/social media. This is important and makes a positive impression.
- Transparency – You aren’t on different teams, and there definitely shouldn’t be any hidden agendas. It really is simple. Be honest from the get-go about your situation as an interviewee, and keep people in the loop as much as you can.
- Realistic expectations – with the world working in such a hybrid or remote manner, being mindful of how the business operates and confirming whether this fits with your expectations early on is pretty imperative.
In terms of the solution, it’s more straightforward than one might think, yes things have certainly changed, but the fundamentals have not – it can be easy to forget sometimes that both party’s want the same thing, they have the same goal in mind, the key is to move with the times, to compromise and of course, to ‘’keep calm and carry on!’’
Your next hire is out there, it’s just about making sure you have all the pieces of the puzzle in play.
For further info on our tips: Client Interview Process Tips 2022