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Interview nightmares: Employers too narrowminded

PJ MACORMAIC
Last updated 05:00 26/12/2012

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Job hunting is very stressful. There's nothing ground breaking about that statement but does it have to be so terribly narrow-minded? Are employers still not grasping that the interview process is just a delicate dance of well-rehearsed answers?

The interview process hasn't changed in decades, but there are some new angles. The latest stroke of brilliance is conducting the final interview in a pub over a beer. I have just been through one of these beauties and it left me feeling anything but enthusiastic about my potential new employer.

The line was crossed I believe somewhere between making me carry out a cold call scenario with an imaginary prospect to the entertainment of a reasonably full pub and two of the three interviewers making puppet gestures while slapping themselves on the back celebrating the fact that they actually thought of a reasonably smart question to ask.

Job hunting is also very frustrating. I recently lost a position I felt I would excel at because of a poor result on a low quality psychometric test. The feedback was: "It outlined your good motivation energy; however the elevated oppositional score means this energy can be channelled towards challenging management or a team dynamic instead of engaging in the greater good of the business. "

I have never had a disciplinary meeting with a member of management in my nine years of employment but the company was not interested in double-checking this statement against my references. Hiring managers choose to focus on the test results as if they were Gospel and this plus a negative comment made about my administration abilities was enough to undo two good interviews.

I have four year's recruitment experience and I feel strongly about this topic. I don't have the silver bullet to the problem but even if I did I would be very surprised if anyone really cared to put the effort in to changing the age old format.

The 'ask a question, weigh the answer against the other candidates' procedure of interviewing has been around for years and it is not broken enough to warrant a reinvention of the process.

The right opportunity is out there for me, I know it, and I will continue to search for it in 2013. The pain will make the prize all the more sweet in the finish, I guess.


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