Stay informed and ready to meet both everyday challenges and long-term planning and policy-making goals, with focused news, practical information, and strategic insights on all HR-related...
By Caryn Freeman
Oct. 29 — More difficult job interviews lead to higher employee job satisfaction, but if they are overly arduous they can have the opposite effect, according to a new study from Glassdoor, the Mill Valley, Calif.-based jobs website.
“Do Difficult Job Interviews Lead to More Satisfied Workers?” was released Oct. 29. It found that across six countries—the U.S., the UK, Canada, Australia, Germany and France—a 10 percent more difficult job interview process is associated with 2.6 percent higher employee satisfaction.
The study compiled more than 154,000 pairs of employee job interviews and company reviews submitted to Glassdoor. Interview difficulty ratings were based on a 5-point scale, with 1 equalling “very easy” and 5 being “very difficult.”
According to the study, the level of interview difficulty that leads to the highest employee satisfaction is a 4. Interviews with a 2-point ranking and the most difficult 5-point interviews were both associated with lower employee satisfaction, the study found.
The study said one possibility that might explain the findings is that interviews ranked 1 are simply “too easy” to provide an effective screen for incoming candidates and can lead to hiring mistakes. By contrast, 5-point interviews may be an indication of deeper dysfunction within companies, such as an aggressive work culture that is harmful to employee satisfaction, the study said.
Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor, told Bloomberg BNA in a Oct. 28 e-mail that simply making the interview process more challenging won't necessarily lead you to the most satisfied workers.
“Does that mean you should just ask harder questions? No. This information sends a signal to organizations that they should re-evaluate their interview processes to ensure they're asking the right questions to better understand a candidate's skill set, whether they will be a cultural fit and if they can do the job,” Chamberlain said.
The Glassdoor report offered tips for employers looking to improve their interviewing process.
To contact the reporter on this story: Caryn Freeman in Washington at email@example.com
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Simon Nadel at firstname.lastname@example.org
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)