There are few things that spark the sweat glands in the hands more than a job interview. The anticipation of the questions or the ‘behavioural interview’ process where the interviewer expects the applicant to have instant recall of how they did something in the past strikes terror for many job-seekers.
What many don’t realize is the apprehension of the employer. Making a mistake in a hire can be costly, not just dollars, but time as well. They have to decide what the position will consist of. If it is new position, what are the duties. If it is an existing position, it is an opportunity to make changes. An advertisement should run for a week giving another week for the resumes to arrive. Then comes the task of short-listing the applicants. A friend just advertised two positions and received 87 applicants for one and 71 for the other so shortlisting is not an easy or quick process.
After shortlisting comes the invitation to an interview, which probably gives the applicant a week’s notice. The interview process may be decisive, but more than likely is will result in a second interview. Again, more time. When the final decision has been made it is usually followed by a reference check. These can be useful, but more and more employers are reluctant to say anything negative about a former employee for fear of litigation. I prefer only one question, “Would you hire this person again?”
Once satisfied, the offer can be made, and negotiation may or may not take place. If the lucky candidate is currently working, they will have to give notice to their employer. This whole process can take one to two months and eat up a great deal of time for the employer who is hiring.
For the applicant it is more than just answering a few choreographed questions. It is their opportunity to determine whether or not they want to work for this employer. They need to do detailed research into who this employer is and what the business is. Use the internet to see how they appear on the web. Visit their website or Facebook page. The most important part of the interview for the applicant is their opportunity to ask questions.
There is sweat on both sides of the ‘position vacancy’ posting!
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