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Old 07-08-2013, 11:43 AM
 
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I ask because I recently came in one morning for a second interview at a marketing company to meet with a Supervisor. I didn't let my current company know that I'd be in late because as long as I get in before 10:30a, no one seems to mind. The Supervisor wasn't there so they had me meet with another woman on a different account. That's fine, but it would mean I would have to come in for a 3rd interview. After I met this woman, they asked if I could meet with someone else who also worked on another account. A little weird but I had 20 minutes to spare so I said OK (I told the HR coordinator that I needed to leave by a certain time). Then I sat around waiting for 30 minutes. The HR coordinator apologized and said they couldn't find the guy then asked when I was free next week. I was a bit pissed so I said I would get back to her later. I don't understand why they had to waste my time meeting with people I wouldn't be directly working with - I'd prefer they send me off as soon as I showed up for the interview.

So anyway, how many times would you interview for the same position? When I was younger, I once interviewed four times at a place I really wanted to work at but at the time I had a flexible schedule. I completely understand multiple interviews may be needed, but it's tough when your current company expects you to come in at 9:30 (as I said, sometimes I get away with 10:30) and stay until 6:30pm or later. I'm also interviewing at other places and I don't want to rouse suspicion by showing up late, taking long lunches or taking days off too frequently.
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:47 AM
 
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I interviewed on six different days with a total of 11 different people for the job I have now. I would rather have that and actually know the company would be a good fit for me than learn I didn't like the company a month after starting the job.
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:57 AM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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My record was 5 interviews (2 initial ones over the phone, followed by 3 in-person) for a position.
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:57 AM
 
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I can understand your frustration, but if you want the job, just put on a happy face and continue interviewing, who knows, they are probably testing you to see if you get mad
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:57 AM
 
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I interviewed on six different days with a total of 11 different people for the job I have now. I would rather have that and actually know the company would be a good fit for me than learn I didn't like the company a month after starting the job.
That's a crazy amount but you bring up a good point. I guess I'm grumbling here because this particular position doesn't really interest me, it's not a job I would take because I want it, it's job I'd take so I can get out of my current job.
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:01 PM
 
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This is part of the problem when interviewing when you have a job.

I think it was perfectly OK for you to have told the HR woman that you had to leave by a certain time to get to your job, it shows that you take your current job seriously and also that you value your time.

I spent half a day interviewing at a company because the person who would have been my boss rather than schedule a panel interview had me go around and talk with 4 or 5 different people in the dept. The dumb thing was it was clear she told them what to ask as they pretty much asked the same questions....LOL. Like you I was annoyed at the waste of time, I think it also gives you insight into how things are run.

IMO while I think two interviews are enough, it depends on the job. I do think how they value your time and take into consideration that if you are currently working is important.

Because if they treat you poorly during the interview process that gives you an indication as to what it is like to work there.
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:10 PM
 
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the most i've done is 3 - 1 phone, 2 in person. the employer offered to do 1 of the in person ones via skype (cause it's a 500 mile drive for me!) but i think it's always better to go in person if you can. still, i think it's a really good sign that they considered my expense and time for the travel and offered.

i definitely had to take a full day off from work for every interview, but my bosses knew i was looking so that helped a lot. it's really cruddy when employers keep having employed applicants do more and more interviews with no consideration of how that looks to their current employers.

a friend of mine only had 2 interviews with the place that ended up hiring her, but one was 5 hours and one was 3. cripes!
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:37 PM
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I ask because I recently came in one morning for a second interview at a marketing company to meet with a Supervisor. I didn't let my current company know that I'd be in late because as long as I get in before 10:30a, no one seems to mind. The Supervisor wasn't there so they had me meet with another woman on a different account. That's fine, but it would mean I would have to come in for a 3rd interview. After I met this woman, they asked if I could meet with someone else who also worked on another account. A little weird but I had 20 minutes to spare so I said OK (I told the HR coordinator that I needed to leave by a certain time). Then I sat around waiting for 30 minutes. The HR coordinator apologized and said they couldn't find the guy then asked when I was free next week. I was a bit pissed so I said I would get back to her later. I don't understand why they had to waste my time meeting with people I wouldn't be directly working with - I'd prefer they send me off as soon as I showed up for the interview.

So anyway, how many times would you interview for the same position? When I was younger, I once interviewed four times at a place I really wanted to work at but at the time I had a flexible schedule. I completely understand multiple interviews may be needed, but it's tough when your current company expects you to come in at 9:30 (as I said, sometimes I get away with 10:30) and stay until 6:30pm or later. I'm also interviewing at other places and I don't want to rouse suspicion by showing up late, taking long lunches or taking days off too frequently.


I would hope no more than 2 times especially if they know I'm working.
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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It took 5 seperate interviews to get my current job. Three phone, one in person, and one final phone. It depends a lot on the type of job. Once again, one size does not fit all.
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Old 07-08-2013, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Chicago area
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It seems to be a trend at a lot of companies that they either interview you all day long or on different days and have everyone inlcuding the night janitor interview you. I'd prbably be very hesitant to waste any more time after 3 trips on separate days. Interviews are mostly nonsense as it is and I can only take and devote a certain ammount of time to nonsense especially HR psychobabble.
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