You’ve seen all the lists of the 10 or 50 or 100 Best Places to Work. But what about the Best Places to Interview? Glassdoor recently revealed the winners of its Candidates’ Choice Awards, honoring The Best Places to Interview in 2016.
Glassdoor says that this award recognizes employers with “the best interview experiences, according to those who know best—the job candidates.” And the results are in! Companies are ranked by interview score, which is based on positive ratings, interview duration, and difficulty. Here are the top ten:
- Grant Thornton
- BNY Mellon
- J Crew
- H&R Block
- Southwest Airlines
- Walt Disney Company
What makes these companies the best? Candidates use words like “friendly,” “transparent,” “laid back,” and “comfortable” to describe the interview process. Candidates also recognize these companies for their commitment to finding the right fit.
When describing the interview experience at Grant Thorton, one candidate said:
“GPA and academics are important to them, but they seemed to be mostly interested in getting to know me and seeing how well my personality fits in the company.”
Another candidate said this about his experience at PwC:
“They mostly just want to determine if you’re a good fit… Overall, a very low stress event.”
Does that sound like the kind of interview process you aspire to have? Really, it’s a win-win. Candidates enjoy the experience (which improves your recruitment brand), while you hone in on the things that matter most to job success (which improves your quality of hire).
To try and make the Best Places to Interview list next year, here are a few tips:
- Keep it focused. Don’t stray too far off topic. Open up a dialogue, but stay centered on key topics that are important for the role. That’s how Uber’s CEO hired his Chief Technology Officer.
- Reduce bias. Standardize your interview process so you can objectively compare candidates. They’ll appreciate the professionalism, and you won’t accidentally hire a DJ for a financial adviser job.
- Cut delays. Look at your process from the candidate’s perspective. Are there too many interviews? Unnecessary overlaps? Long periods of radio silence? Don’t let good candidates fall through the cracks.