the interview process


It’s funny, I was thinking about interviewing yesterday and Scoble blogged
about it
last night. 

<rant>

The experience that he describes is one that happens all too often.  I have been
through way to many interviews for anyones own good over the past few years. 
Before coming to Microsoft, I completed over 50 interviews — more than a dozen
being “call-backs” so to say where you end up in an interview loop at someones office. 
It AMAZED me at how poorly they treat you.  They spend so much $$ to fly you
over, take you out, interview you, etc. and then at the end of the day they drop you
off and your done.  With call-back’s you at least have a 50% chance of hearing
back within the timeline they state.  For first-round interviews, or at-large
requests, you’d be lucky if they acknowledged that they ever intereviewed you in the
first place.

I’ve had this experience with all kinds of companies — investment banks, commercial
banks, consulting firms, tech firms (even microsoft) — everyone is guilty.

I always respected the companies that sent letters or emails in a timely fashion. 
Even better, the ones who had the decency to call and tell me results.  I know
it is hard to give bad news, but have some common courtesey.  It sends a really
bad message — and it sticks with you.  (I’m still bitter to this day!).

HR: this is a process issue, fix it, it can’t be that hard.

</rant>

Comments (4)

  1. Anonymous says:

    I couldn’t agree more. I think that most companies (Microsoft included) think that the applicant will ‘just get the hint’ if HR does not call them back in a timely fashion. Sometimes that is the case, sometimes it is not. The least they could do would be to call you back and tell you how you did in the interview…

  2. Anonymous says:

    I couldn’t agree more. I think that most companies (Microsoft included) think that the applicant will ‘just get the hint’ if HR does not call them back in a timely fashion. Sometimes that is the case, sometimes it is not. The least they could do would be to call you back and tell you how you did in the interview…