The job application process differs from company to company, and role to role. The job that I’m gunning for at the moment, that I wrote about previously, is one of the most intense and thorough job applications that I have ever done. And it makes me want to work for the company even more.
Basically there seems to be 4 stages to being considered for this job, and each stage eliminates more and more applicants.
Stage 1. This was the submission of a CV and cover letter, and is probably the most rudimentary of the steps. All positions that I’ve applied for require this- although one job I did see and decided wasn’t for me, asked for people to go in and verbally explain their employment history rather than put it on paper. Good way to show communication skills, I guess. This is the easiest step to just weed out people without the required background, or to find people who have put in that little bit extra.
Stage 2: Interview 1. This was a semi-formal chat, asking the usual questions of ‘why do you want to work for xyz company’ and ‘tell us a little bit about yourself’. This was with 2 senior staff members, and was relatively brief. Retrospectively, I’ve been told this is the “skill checking” interview- to make sure that the skills I’ve put on paper are actually there; as well as ensuring I could physically do the job.
Stage 3: Interview 2. This was the interview that I had yesterday, and boy was it interesting. I don’t know yet- until this afternoon- if I progress beyond this stage, but 4 of us applying for this role were called back for a second interview. I keep using the term interview, but really, it was an interrogation. Two management-level execs playing good cop/bad cop, and asking some pretty raw questions. They told me at the beginning and end it was because they wanted to “drill down to who I was as a person”, and see what I was like under pressure and when faced with an uncomfortable situation. Whether or not they liked what they found when they did drill down… yet to be shown. Of us 4, 2 progress to the next level…
Stage 4: Interview 3. This is the first role I’ve been for that has a 3-interview process, and this final interview is with the General Manager of the business. More on this to come- hopefully.
I mentioned that this somewhat laborious process actually made me want to work for the company more- by taking their time and studiously choosing which person they want, the more likely that person is going to fit into the company. On top of that, by having at least 5 contact points- 2,2,1 during the interviews- then various people within the company can also figure out if you’d be a good cultural mix…
My only question is whether or not I have the goods, and whether or not I’d fit. I’ll be a bit bummed if I don’t, but that’s the game.