Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Stamina Test of Multiple Interviews

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Stamina Test of Multiple Interviews

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Candidates can face a battery of interviews for a single position, but this may be a reflection on the quality of the interviewer rather than the interviewee. Wendy Ledger reports

NO ONE expects looking for a job to be easy, but candidates are now being forced to attend an ever-increasing number of interviews for the same position.

This gruelling and overlybureaucratic process is particularly inconvenient for those currently employed who are forced to explain their absence to their employers.

"Normally the higher the salary the higher the number of interviews," says Matt Conningham, of David Chorley International. "One of my candidates is currently on his fifteenth interview in six months."

Mair Goodson, director of MJM Resourcing, believes companies are doing themselves a disservice by putting candidates through such an extended process. She says: "A client of mine attended seven interviews in a four-month period.

The company later admitted that she was their choice from the beginning, but their company policy determined that she must be interviewed - on separate occasions - by a minimum of seven managers."

Such a drawn-out process can make candidates question their reasons for applying to a particular company. Goodson believes that it demonstrates internal weaknesses in an organisation. She adds: "What companies fail to see is that the number of interviews is driven by fundamental flaws in their structure. The absence of any process-planning, candidate definition or interview preparation makes it impossible for them to determine whether a candidate is the best one for the position.

"Repetitive and uninspiring questions and a loss of up to a third of a candidate's leave, while attending interviews, gives prospective employees a reason to say no to the position. …

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