I don’t have a job yet. I am not rushing to take any job. I just relocated and I’m looking to stay for a long while where I land. I write this as it currently applies to me, I would be very happy for everyone else if it only applied to me, but I doubt that it does. Unfortunately, what I am finding right now is the interview process is so drawn out that it is almost impossible to keep up the momentum and I’m sure some candidates would feel lukewarm by the time they receive an offer, if they don’t pull themselves out of the running, and that’s if they get an actual offer.
Not mentioning names of course, but I am in Phoenix and have interviewed for twelve positions in eight weeks, I have been lucky and busy. They have all gone to different stages, telephone, testing online or in office, up to three visits to an office to meet key players….offers that were not what was initially communicated. The decision is still out there for two opportunites….
I always ask for feedback and some have very graciously given it, others ignore the request or say they are not allowed. Either way, between gas, time, testing, driving, and everything else some of these interviews total to over ten hours. One in Dallas was over twelve before I moved. I felt like a hostage being freed by the time I left.
At what point do you say enough…..hire me or don’t but after how many hours should they know if you are their type of “person” or have the right skills and attitude.
I love interviews, love meeting people, love the banter and the questions, love the interaction, the opportunity and I know I won’t want the job for every interview I actually go on…..it just seems like a huge waste of everyone’s time when after two phone screens, two physical interviews, an IQ test, sales personality profile and then a questionnaire of 15 questions they go another way and they can’t tell you why.
I am type A of course, waiting is awful, but getting pumped up and then let down over and over is worse. Worse yet is when you know you did your best and it was just bad timing, can’t control that timing. But I digress…..
I want thoughts or opinions…..how many interviews, how many hours, how many tests should it take. I know it would vary for position and level but let’s say it’s a recruiting position since that is what most of us are here. How much do you invest before you start to think if they don’t already know you enough you don’t want to work for them anymore?