Every day the recruitment processes are becoming more and more difficult for the candidates. We can’t be surprised. Due to the huge amount of applications that the organisations receive, these have to apply new filters to ensure that the hired candidate is the most suitable for the role. Unfortunately this becomes a wear and a difficult task for the candidate that might lose their interest. Maybe the process will turn into an adventure at a similar lever than The Lord of the rings.
Third part: The return of the candidate
The day of the interview we are in the middle of enemy field. While we are on the lift, talking to reception or in the waiting room we realise that we are surrendered by orcs unknown people and that any of them could be our interviewer. This is the reason why we will mind our manners and be as polite as a diplomat.
And suddenly it appears. Our nazgul interviewer comes and calls us. He will be kind, polite and respectful, which wil make us feel comfortable and we will thank. He opens the interviewing room and we see the rest of the interviewers we will face. All of them are friendly, but they pursue the same goal: to avoid that we destroy the one ring evaluate whether we are the right person for the job or not.
It is at this point where we must act with serenity and mastery. It is easy to write this on this post, but keeping composure and controlling our nerves will be (additionally to answer the questions) our main goal. After all, the nerves can be our Gollum worst enemy and betray us at any moment.
And this is how the battle starts. We are going to answer the questions aked by the interviewers the most professional and complete manner that we can. If we don’t answer some of the questions we can be sure that we won’t overcome this, hence we must be much focused. It is not a problem if we have to take our time to think the answer, or even at the end of the interview we can go back to some of them if we feel that we can deepen. At the end of the interview we will be given some time to solve any queries we may have. We must always avoid falling into the trap to discuss salary, holidays, timetables, benefits… we won’t ask when will they inform us regarding the outcome of the interview as we assume that they are a professional company that will let us know when they have taken a decision.
What do we ask then? We can ask what is the reason of the vacancy (if we don’t know this already), the objectives of the department, the main challenges of the role… there is a lot of questions that will show our interest in the position and the company.
If we were successful at the interview (or interviews) we will be contacted to discuss the conditions of the post. At this point most of our battle is won. However, we must be prudent as if we miss one step we could be out. We will discuss the conditions one to one with Sauron the company and we will discover if we are interested in taking the job or otherwise we tell them that they can keep the ring. We are going take a decision that might change our lives radically.
Finally we got into the company. We have achieved our goal after a long travel that meant the death of Boromir sweat, nerves and even tears. We could think that as the goal is reached our fight agains the orc forces is over. False. We can be sure that our contract has a Gollum probationary period. This is the last stage of the recruitment process and of this long battle. We can’t get distracted. The probationary period will give to us and to the company carte blanche to break any professional relationship that we have. Thus, we must be vigilant: the eyes of the enemy are always watching.
PS: as an HR professional I think that on a recruitment process both the candidate and the company have to collaborate and not fight each other. However, comparing the situation to the fight between Frodo and Sauron seemed a more clarifying picture. If you feel offended or you don’t like the content of this post I will be very happy to discuss it. But you won’t negate that many candidates live recruitment processes as I just described.