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Old 12-05-2013, 05:16 PM
 
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My problem with these is that 75% of them are the same old basic STAR behavior type questions. After the first or second interview they should know exactly what your responses will be down to the word.
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Old 12-05-2013, 05:27 PM
 
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new normal for some- I have been through this when applying for office type work and oddly enough I had to do the same thing when I applied for a job with blockbuster video.

Why the group interviews, are they truly better/more efficient- no idea but it seems to be the thing right now so there ya go
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Old 12-05-2013, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Grove City, Ohio
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So I've been interviewing like crazy. One common theme... Companies are running candidates through the gauntlet. Just sat through one with 4 people. Very pleasant interview, non threatening and everyone seemed enthused. So, if I'm selected to proceed, I will have another interview with the president of the company included.

Most interviews I have had in the past were simple. Meet hiring manager or owner, shake hands, have an offer and proceed. Is this the new norm for hiring? Is this only typical for larger companies?
Me too.

I learned over the years I would rather die in the woods alone, dark and hungry than to work for a large corporation. I despise the entire big corporation culture where so often promotions work the opposite of what we expect.... sometimes it isn't just cream that floats to the top

I would rather work as self employed earning half than suckle at the filthy ******* sack of big corporation. From here my respect for big corporations is all down hill.

For me once the company gets over 25 employees it is time to find another job or go into business for myself which I have done twice.
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Old 12-05-2013, 08:21 PM
 
Location: NJ
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It costs a lot (in terms of $$ AND productivity) to make a bad hire.

Companies I am familiar with are trying to save $$ by spending more TIME with candidates on the front end.
Correct, and truthfully, they should have been doing this eons ago. The steps are an excellent way to weed out bad hires who previously would slip through and end up hired.
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Old 12-05-2013, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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Me too.

I learned over the years I would rather die in the woods alone, dark and hungry than to work for a large corporation. I despise the entire big corporation culture where so often promotions work the opposite of what we expect.... sometimes it isn't just cream that floats to the top

I would rather work as self employed earning half than suckle at the filthy ******* sack of big corporation. From here my respect for big corporations is all down hill.

For me once the company gets over 25 employees it is time to find another job or go into business for myself which I have done twice.
For the most part, I feel the same way. The only issue I have with smaller companies Is lack of upward progression and opportunity. At some point, you begin to want more. In my case, that may or may not be out there, but I will never find out unless I give it a look see.

All things considered though, I agree with everything you've said.

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Correct, and truthfully, they should have been doing this eons ago. The steps are an excellent way to weed out bad hires who previously would slip through and end up hired.
Yes, but if the bad apple slips through the cracks the first time around, how hard would it be for the same thing to happen again? Aside from this, some people are just good BS artists.
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Old 12-05-2013, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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As a relatively recent job seeker every interview I went to was a group interview, followed by a series of individual interviews. HR has never had a particularly strong presence in an interview, other than as a dept I would need to work closely with.

As an HM, the custom at my organization is similar. HR screens applications for minimum qualifications. A team then reviews all resumes and decides who will be given in person interviews. A group interview is given, and this may or may not be followed by one or more individual interviews.

The benefit of this process is getting multiple viewpoints. You can often discover racist or sexist views, how people respond to stress, how they prioritize answers, etc.
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Old 12-05-2013, 08:56 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Yes, but if the bad apple slips through the cracks the first time around, how hard would it be for the same thing to happen again? Aside from this, some people are just good BS artists.
Not usually. One technique corps sometimes use is to ask the same question worded differently, at different stages, by different people. Liars have trouble recognizing what is occuring quite often, and will trip themselves up saying contradictory things.
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Old 12-05-2013, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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Definitely the new norm, and a great sign for you. Good luck!
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Old 12-05-2013, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Yeah, the process is ridiculous. I've been on so many interviews lately that I have lost count. My usual routine has been:

1. Phone screen by a recruiter
2. Phone screen by hiring manager
3. In person with hiring manager and then 1 to 2 other people that day
4. In person interviews with more members of the team

It takes forever and, frankly, the whole process has me considering leaving the corporate world entirely. I've started looking at opening or buying a business so I hopefully never have to interview for a corporate position again. Too bad I still need a plan B while I look/research so the interviews continue to eat up many hours a week.
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Old 12-05-2013, 09:22 PM
 
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For me, the interview process is a tell-tale sign of what the work experience will be like at a company. I've learned that in my 6+years of employment after getting my post-grad degree.

If a company feels the need to put me through the ringer to join their workforce, then clearly they are struggling to find what's so great about me...and that will just lead to me having to constantly "prove" myself and my "worthiness."

I'm targeting mid-sized companies, no smaller than 50, but less than 10K employees globally. I'd love to work for a global mid-sized firm that has a flat structure.

I wish more people would be honest about what they need in an employer. It would save a lot of headache. Make room for the people who want to climb the corporate ladder quickly and go somewhere where you can work at peace and feel good about yourself.
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