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6 or 7 Interviews For A Job

 
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Stig



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:28 am    Post subject: 6 or 7 Interviews For A Job Reply with quote

I suspect that most on this site are closer to retirement than starting - but my lad and his mates are all around the stage of finishing / finished university.

His one friend is in London try to get a job, admittedly pretty specific - he wants to be an actuary with a hedge fund or as close as he can get.

Typically he does 2 on-line interviews with a computer program where he has to type his response to various character questions.

Interview 3 is generally with a consultant - who is employed to screen people for the final interviews.

Interview 4 is with HR in the potential firm.

Interview 5 is with HR and some team members at the potential firm.

Interview 6 is with the boss who actually makes the decision.

Each interview starts off with 600 - 800 applicants.

But 6 interviews - that seems bonkers to me. I suspect that they are over analyzing it.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Am I reading this right, six interviews? That's a lot or resources used to potentially employ one person.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

68 wrote:
Am I reading this right, six interviews? That's a lot or resources used to potentially employ one person.


A lot of the major companies outsource their initial recruitment process.
It saves an awful lot money employing H.R people that sit on their arses most of the year waiting for an employment issue or problem.
Also a many company will only recruit at specific times, end of uni term times So again it is more cost effective to outsource.
And in the days of rampant litigation it takes the employer out of the firing line if one of the unsuccessful recruits try to sue, ageism, racism sexual disc and all the ism's and discrism's that a disgruntled applicant try for compensation claim.
As for the process, my niece faced similar hurdles when she leaving UNI.
What she did was pick out the top 8 companies that she wanted to work for and research the hell out them, their website, all forms of media and eventually she found out who was responsible for recruiting in the specific role that she wanted and contacted them directly.
This was time consuming and a ball ache but seeing as it was my idea I helped her.Having spent years doing similar and working in recruitment I suppose I should have?
When we had gathered the relevant contact info she started making many phone calls until she got to speak to the people of influence.
All but one of the people that she eventually spoke to referred er to the website or the outside agency.
One of them admired her initiative and work that she had put in and put her on to the COE of the outside agency, she got the interview and has been working at the company for 5 years
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a Director, I hire senior execs and I do that in two interviews, 3 if I'm not at least 80% sure of my decision. To do 6-7 is complete bollocks, I can't even begin to imagine how much great talent they lose out on such a stupid process. More fool them.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's the fucking herd mentality that is prevalent in today's society. Nobody wants to stick their neck out and take a decision in case it comes to bite them on the arse.

So everything is over-analysed and yet there are still lots of shit decisions taken because a group of fuckwits acting like sheep are no better than one fuckwit acting on his own. In fact, the play it safe mentality is even more pronounced when you get a group of spinless dickheads scaring each other. In large corporations, there is absolutely no upside for taking a risk. If it works, your boss will take the credit and the bonus and if it fails, you get ejected out of a fourth floor window with your trousers on fire.

I too hire people. The last one took two interviews. One alone with me and one with me and the CEO together. I had done the first interviews of 8 candidates, shortlisted 3 and those 3 got a second interview, followed up by one offer. The whole process took two weeks. If you cannot make a decision on two or three interviews, you should be in charge of replenishing paper clips and cleaning the toilets. By God, we have bred a nation of useless cowardly pricks.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The flip side of the coin is that many graduating students from universities often apply for many jobs that they would have no intention of accepting. I used to coach at a university and many of the graduating kids were told by their mentors to apply to jobs they didn't want for interview "practice". The unfortunate side of this is the kids who actually want the jobs have to do the multiple interviews in order to get through the large number of applicants.
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