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Death by Interview

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“Too much of a good thing is bad for you” is true for both “sweets” and for interviews.

I was at Agilent Technologies the other day when one of their many talented HR reps described “over interviewing” with the accurate and humorous phrase “death by interview.” I laughed and I couldn’t have agreed more!

Because of the threats of lawsuits, HR departments have become increasingly conservative in how they screen candidates. Physical ability, mental ability, personality and even skill tests have gone by the wayside as a result of this fear. All that is left from a once broad array of screening devices is the resume scan, the reference check and the interview. Now one can argue the point about the predictive value of interviews (as I often do) but the real issue here is that, in many cases, companies have increased the number of interviews to make up for the absence of these other screening tools. Unfortunately what has occurred is a dramatic growth in the number of interviews that candidates are subjected to before they can be offered a job. The number of interviews has proliferated like rabbits. Where one or two interviews used to be common, one firm I know now demands 5 – 10 while another averaged over 17 before realizing the disastrous consequences.

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Recruiters: What can you do to make candidate placement a reality?

If you have been in the recruiting business long enough, you most likely have experienced it too. I am talking about rejections made by candidates at the end of the recruiting process; after you have been through all the screening, interviews and negotiations leading to employer’s job offer.  This can be very upsetting to all parties involved.  The fact is that the way you handle the recruiting process up-front will definitely affect the end results.  Here are a few tips to help reduce the possibility of this happening to you!

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Should you try to by-pass Human Resources in your Job Search?

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Yes and No.  The Human Resources department exists for a legitimate purpose and when run efficiently, it helps to streamline a lot of personnel related processes including hiring, making it possible for a lot to be accomplished in scheduled time.  On the other hand, if you are one of the many that do not get called back after making multiple applications, then maybe it is time to re-direct your application from  HR to the hiring manager.  While HR has its functions, for many individuals, going through HR may also mean that you will never get that interview.  The following are 3 reasons why it may be a better option to approach the hiring manager directly.

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