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How to Endure Long Interview Processes

The interview process can sometimes be quite lengthy.  Usually it starts with a phone screen, then the on-site interview, sometimes the hiring managers will bring you in more than once.  After the onsite there is the possibility that you will have to take a test or personality assessment.  Some will even require you to do homework or prepare a presentation to prove that you have the skills that are required for you to join the team.  This process can be overwhelming and exhausting especially if you are still working a full-time position.

Here are a few things to be mindful of while in the interview process.

  1. Don’t let your guard down.

It is important to stay on top of your game.  Be kind and flexible to the person that is scheduling your interview.  When different interviewers ask similar questions, it is important to provide consistent answers.

  1. Keep your stamina up.

It is OK to ask what the interview process is going to look like during the initial phone screen, This will let you know what to expect along the way and help prepare for how many interviewers you will be speaking with and how to prepare, making sure that you can clearly provide your skills and experiences.

  1. Merging Schedules.

As the candidate, it is important to show flexibility.  The hiring company though is aware that in a tight market they will have to also be a little flexible and work with the candidates that are currently in a full-time position.  Being upfront and offering multiple options will avoid multiple back-and-forth communication to arrange the interviews.

  1. When the homework piles up.

Assessments are a common part of the interview process, they are used to help the hiring managers get a better idea about your personality and competency.  But Rich Gee, a high-performance coach suggests that you proceed with caution.  “If you are being asked to do more than one presentation or assignment, Gee recommends finding out more information about the additional request.”

  1. The never-ending interview.

The never-ending interview process can be seen as a red flag.  There are many reasons why the process is dragging on.  It could be that the hiring managers want to delay the spending until the next quarter, or perhaps they aren’t completely sure what it is they are looking for.  It is also entirely possible that the company is just very unorganized, and doesn’t care about their hiring process.  If that is the case it might be time to start the interview process elsewhere.