“How many is too many?” My exasperated friend is talking about job interviews. She is looking for a new job. When we spoke she had undertaken five interviews for a role and was about to have the final one.
Another person I know had eight separate interview stages at a global tech company. Apparently, that’s just the norm for these roles.
Looking for a job is a frustrating and tedious activity but in recent years the recruitment process has reminded many of us of that teenage classic, The Hunger Games. But rather than the fittest and smartest surviving, it’s the people least burnt out by the process.
Applying for a job now starts with rewriting and updating your CV, sending out bespoke cover letters for each individual position, researching the prospective employer and getting through the initial phone screening and online tests. All of this happens before the interview process actually kicks off. That part is likely to involve hiring managers, heads of teams, meeting potential colleagues and interview tasks.
We have long accepted that searching for a job is a full-time job in itself, but some companies are taking it to a whole new level that lasts months and often sees candidates ghosted or left hanging for weeks. With people quitting their jobs in record numbers, research by Personio, an HR software provider, found 38 per cent of employees in the UK and Ireland are looking to change roles in the next year. It’s safe to say that the hiring…