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Old 01-15-2014, 09:20 PM
 
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None of these responses shouting, "Ridiculous!" sound like they come from anyone in a hiring position.

The multiple-interview process has nothing to do with indecision and everything to do with the fact that it's a "hirer's market." It can cost several thousand dollars in staff time, training and supplies to hire a new employee. I can't afford to to do that every 3 months and stay profitable.

Be glad you aren't interviewing with Dave Ramsey. You'd have twice as many.
Actually I'm interviewing tomorrow for someone to fill a position in my work tomorrow. They had a phone interview with the boss, he seems to like her, and tomorrow this candidate will interview with me and my coworker. If we like her, great, if not, we'll move on to the next candidate.

That's 2 interviews. We ask all the questions we need to know upfront. And they aren't those stupid "where do you see yourself in 5 years" questions.

I just can't see a reason for more than 3 interviews. Maybe the third is for anything that wasn't asked, or if you have narrowed down to 2-3 candidates, OR if someone wasn't available to meet your top candidates before.
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Just because you "can't see a reason" doesn't mean there is not a reason.
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:54 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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It's typical to have three "rounds" of interviews in my company: 1 with the hiring mgr, 1 with the peers (could be up to 3 people), and 1 with the mgr's mgr. So three rounds, up to 5 people, and it usually takes 1 or 2 visits depending on the interviewers' schedules.

If the company is making you take 5 separate visits to interview with 5 people then they are incompetent and thoughtless.
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:58 PM
 
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I can see three. Initial with the supervisor, 2nd with a larger group, 3rd that's more of a confirmation.

But I have a friend who knows another that has had five in one place. I think it had to deal with scheduling and took about six months. Someone sick here, a snowstorm there, conferences, training just got delayed I guess.
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Old 01-15-2014, 10:28 PM
 
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That sounds pretty foolish to me. You're only going to screen out the employees who have options and are in demand while getting the ones who are really desperate for work.
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Old 01-15-2014, 10:32 PM
 
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This has been going on for several months, so my guess would be their first choice didn't work out and they are looking for a replacement from the other top candidates.
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Old 01-16-2014, 04:39 AM
 
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I've done an in-office "mock strategy plan," on which I was presented with a real-life scenario they are facing and had 2 hours to develop a total strategic plan. I've had a panel interview with 6 mid-level managers, a 5-hour series of round-robin interviews with higher-ups (VPs, EVPs), a one-on-one with the highest-level person, phone and e-mail follow-ups/clarifications and now this request for an additional three-hour interview with people I've talked to previously.
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Old 01-16-2014, 06:17 AM
 
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I've done an in-office "mock strategy plan," on which I was presented with a real-life scenario they are facing and had 2 hours to develop a total strategic plan. I've had a panel interview with 6 mid-level managers, a 5-hour series of round-robin interviews with higher-ups (VPs, EVPs), a one-on-one with the highest-level person, phone and e-mail follow-ups/clarifications and now this request for an additional three-hour interview with people I've talked to previously.
How many visits to their site have you done for interviews? Often you meet different people on one visit. It doesn't count as 6 interviews if you meet 6 different people.
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Old 01-16-2014, 06:33 AM
 
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Five interviews does seem a bit much- understandable, wanting to hire the "right person", but at the same time, until that person is working for you, you don't know if it's truly going to work out or not. I had an prospective employer ask me once, "If you could be any sort of animal, what animal would you be?"- I know it was some sort of psycho-babble, with the intent of finding out something about my personality, but still- I thought it was absurd. I don't even remember what animal I said...but I didn't get the job- LOL
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Old 01-16-2014, 06:39 AM
 
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How many visits to their site have you done for interviews? Often you meet different people on one visit. It doesn't count as 6 interviews if you meet 6 different people.
This would be the fifth.
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