The interview process is increasingly becoming a lengthy, highly detailed and in some cases stressful experience for candidates. We all have our nightmare interview stories, but hearing some of the experiences of candidates it seems to be that it is standard practice now for candidates to be very flexible and go out of their way for a job they have no guarantee of getting.
How often as a candidate have you been asked to attend a lengthy interview process of several hours, do a telephone interview outside normal business hours, travel to the company’s head quarters miles away from where the job is based or be subjected to high numbers of interviews for the same role.
The problems these nightmare interview practises create amount to the fact that if you are unemployed and seeking a new job, you may not be able to afford things like long distance travel at short notice. Equally if you are employed and are seeking to change your job, you may not have the time – either holiday or personal, to get to interviews at short notice or take part in a longer process.
But should you have to do this? Should candidates expect to have to be more flexible in their approach to interviews and be prepared to exceed the normal level of commitment in order to land that job?
We asked Phil Roebuck, Chief Executive of Webrecruit, for some tips to help try and get around and avoid those nightmare interviews:
Ask questions such as “Why do I need to travel there?”, “Is it necessary to travel there?” but whilst retaining a degree of professionalism and seeming flexible. It may be there is a simple reason which makes you feel better about the need to travel so far. It could also give you an indication as to how you are faring in the interview process, i.e. are they asking you to travel to the head office to meet the rest of the team before making a job offer. Continue reading “The Job Hunt: How far would you go to get the job you want?” »