The Inner View of Interviews
A friend of mine was interviewing for a position at a well-known national company. He thought the position was perfect for him, and he was excited about the possibilities. He made it through his first interviews... and waited... and was finally called back for second interviews... and waited... and eventually was called back for a third round of interviews... and waited... and waited.
I asked him how much he valued decisiveness and decision-making ability within an employer, and he confirmed that it was very important to him. I asked him why he was tolerating indecisiveness and waffling during the interviewing process. After all, this was beyond the normal HR screening. "If they are this slow in deciding to hire you, how fast do you think they will be in making critical project decisions?"
While he thought about that, a smaller organization who was coveting his skills offered him a job. It was less pay than the "big box employer" but he's a lot happier than he would have been. Statistics indicate a lot of people are considering job searches or are actively engaged in a job search. Candidates: pay attention to how you are treated during the recruiting process... it's probably a good indicator of how you will be treated as an employee.
I remember an interview I had when I was finishing my undergrad career. It was with one of the elite high-end consulting firms out of Chicago, and the recruiter was caustic and rude. Midway through the interview, my 22-year-old mind realized quickly that no job was worth this kind of abuse, so I decided to "throw the interview" by mirroring her bad behavior. I figured that chapter was closed at the end of the disastrous exchange, and then I received a call from their home office recruiter the next week. He was excited to bring me in for the next round of interviews, and he told me I received very high marks from my initial interview, and they KNEW I would be perfect for their culture. Hmmmmmm. I politely declined, and thanked him for the "positive feedback."
What are your experiences in the job interviewing arena? How have you observed this relationship between interviewing and internal culture?