- Closing the Deal -
uh oh... I have to go on interview
with other applicants
by fergus mellon
Although I like SIMs (see section), I don’t like the interviews with other applicants!
Typically these are the last phase of the selection process. You will likely head with the other final round applicants to a management training center or large hotel and then do exercises that are meant to replicate the role and allow the company to judge you against your peers. There will typically be a mix of team exercises where you "collaborate" with the competition to show that you are both better than them, but also good at team work.
This is why I don’t like them.
I find it odd that they are meant to judge your suitability for a role and how you interact with other people, but do so in an artificial environment where you are working with others (the competition) who want the job that you also want. Based on this they are really an exercise to test your nerves (they are stressful) and ensure that you don't turn into a political "douche bag".
On the positive, they do at least show that the company is making a real investment in hiring (they are expensive and time consuming), give you a good insight into the company culture and allow you to spend time with the more senior members of the company.
Next section: Dealing with References or head back to The Interview Overview
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