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The Hiring Process and Interviews

The hiring process normally takes the following steps

1.Hiring organization “advertises” job opportunity, and invites applications. The advertisement may be 

a.       Ad in newspaper or other print media
b.       Posting in a job portal
c.       Word of mouth 
2.Upon receipt of application, usually in the form of resumes, with or without, accompanying cover letters, the hirer will screen resumes for suitability, often using a robot initially and then a staff. The main objective is to reduce the pool of applicants to a more manageable size. Resumes are scanned very quickly, for suitability. This reduced pool is screened further, before selected candidates are invited for interviews.
3.The resume is the single most important document in the entire hiring process. It is often the ONLY link the candidate has with the hirer. Given that there will be many resumes to screen, it is often more important that information be easily accessible, rather than having an eye-catching layout or font, which may work better if applying for a creative opportunity. The resume will need to be

a.       Concise
b.       Attractive to look at
c.       Informative
d.       Make the reader wants to interview you
4.Cover letters are often not read until the candidates have been narrowed to only a few candidates.
5.Sometimes a single interview will suffice, but some organisations may require 8 to 10 rounds of interviews.
6.Candidates are sometimes required to take “tests” as well as submit certain documents or video clips of themselves.
7.Interviews are meant to determine the “fit” of the candidate with the requirements of the organisation, which may mean all or any of the following

a.      Technical skills
b.      Energy levels
c.      Attitudes
d.      Interests
e.      Behaviours
f.       Potential
8.Interviews may be physical or remote meetings

a.       Physical meetings
i.      One-to-one interview
ii.     Panel interview (more than 1 interviewer)
iii.    Group interview (more than 1 candidate)
iv.    Assessment centres, where candidates are required to interact with each other 

b.       Remote meetings
i.      Phone interview
ii.     Video interview
9.Upon the conclusion of an interview, often candidates would write a thank you note within 24 hours. This note should include information requested during the interview, but not answered adequately, as well as highlights yourself or the meeting to reinforce the interviewer’s impression.



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