Do you want to know a great question to ask during the interview process? “What is your hiring procedure?”
Always get a clear understanding of the company’s hiring procedure when you are interviewing. If you don’t know what their procedure is you might be wondering what the next step is, or why they aren’t getting back to you, etc. If you know their procedure it will help you with any anxiety you might be feeling.
Also, when you know the company’s procedure you can plan accordingly. Get the details. You will want to know how many interviews? How long does it take? Where will the interviews take place? Who will be in the interviews? Is there any testing? And so on.
What if you are currently working and they want to meet you during the day? And, if you can make it during the day, how long will the interview take? If this is the case you are going to have to plan accordingly. If your office is casual attire, will you have to go home and change into a suit? What if they want to meet you after hours? You will want to know where they want to meet. Is this a dinner meeting? What type of setting is it going to be? You get the idea.
The most important reason to ask this question is – time! I want you to have a clear understanding about how long it takes the company to hire. This will save you a lot of aggravation. What if it takes several interviews, group interviews, flying to their corporate office, and anywhere between thirty to sixty days before they make their decision? Is this good information to know? Absolutely!
If you’re not asking this question you are making a mistake. It will save you a lot of aggravation and anxiety if you know exactly what will take place and how long it will “typically” take. You won’t be worried if the company doesn’t get back to you right away, because you will know they have a slow hiring procedure. When I have a slow client I always tell the candidate, because I know they will want to hear something back right away, or at least know if they are still in-contention, or not, for the position. So, do yourself a favor, always ask for the companies hiring procedure when you are interviewing it will save you a lot of aggravation and anxiety. I hope this helps.
Good luck to you!