When you are looking for a job, your main goal is likely to secure a job as easily and rapidly as possible. A tough job interview may sound like a challenge you are just not interested in facing. Sometimes, those difficult interviews feel like they are challenging for no real reason at all. You might find yourself wondering “did the interviewers ask me tough questions just to see me squirm under pressure?”
Recent reports have indicated that easy job interviews may not really be as beneficial for you as they may seem on the surface. We will address 3 aspects of the job interviewing process that may seem unnecessarily challenging, but are actually of benefit to the interviewee:
The tough interview
A tough interview might sound like something you would like to avoid at all costs. Those tough job interview questions that make your stress level rise might actually be of benefit to you, the interviewee. Why? Because you are more likely to be satisfied with your job down the road (should you be offered the job and accept). When you are put on the spot and expected to answer challenging interview questions with well thought-out responses, the interviewers get a good sense of you as a person. They get to see how you handle pressure, how you maintain your poise (or not), and how you formulate ideas and responses with little time to plan or process. This gives your interviewees an initial idea of how you might handle situations should you be offered the job.
When interviewees get a better sense of who you are and how you would fit as an employee, they also gain a better understanding of how you might fit into the company and the work environment. If you mesh well with your co-workers and are a natural at your job, you will likely feel greater levels of job satisfaction. You’re also more likely to stay with the company. For this reason, some companies are choosing to make their interviews more challenging.
A lengthy interview process
In recent years, the interview process has increased in length within the United States. Back in 2010, the average interview process took about 12 days. As of 2015, the average interview process was up to nearly 23 days! The process has increased because companies are checking prospective employees more carefully. This means more background checks, skills assessments, and job pre-screenings. As of 2010, approximately 25% of job applicants had background checks. As of 2014, 42% of job applicants underwent background checks.
It is still easier to secure an entry level job than a higher paid, more highly-skilled job. The interviewing process for jobs that require higher skill levels and/or higher education levels is growing increasingly longer and more drawn-out. More highly skilled employees tend to be more valuable to companies, so they are willing to invest more time in screening candidates to ensure the best match for the company. A lengthy interview process is typically a good indication that the company values the position you are pursuing. This means, should you be offered the position, that you will likely receive a fair salary. If you feel like you are jumping through hoops as you interview for a job, keep jumping!
The importance of an employee referral
Networking with other professionals in your field can be difficult, but it can also be a very important part of the interviewing process. Connections within your profession can prove invaluable. In particular, a strong professional relationship with an employee in your prospective company can help you secure a new job.
You are much more likely to be offered a new position if you have a solid, positive employee referral from an individual currently employed by the company. Why is this so important? The company values the opinion of their current employee, so they are going to trust the positive referral they are giving you. Someone who the company knows and trusts also knows and trusts you! This gives you an advantage over other job seekers who are submitting an application through the internet without a referral. You have a greater likelihood of being hired because you have a connection. Because you know someone currently working for the company, you should be more familiar with the job, the company, and what will be expected of you as an employer. Again, you have the advantage over an individual who does not have a connection in the company.
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