Walkin interviews and their Effectiveness

Off late there are a few Walk in interviews going  on in the city.  For the past two days,  I was thinking how effective it would be.  This post is about comparing the Normal interview process and the walk-interview process and talk about their effectiveness

Normal Interview process

  1. Candidate gets to know about a job opening in the company through his friends working in that company / news paper ad/ job sites etc.
  2. Candidate sends his resume to the HR.
  3. HR sends the resume to the interviewer/panel for first round for screening.
  4. Interviewer/panel either rejects  or asks the HR to schedule the interview with the candidate
  5. Interview is conducted

Effectiveness

  1. Everything is planned.
  2. Interviewer goes through the resume before going for the interview
  3. Weed out the unfit resume before calling the candidate for interview
  4. Better chances of getting good candidates
  5. HR sees to that an interviewer is not overloaded with too many interviews in a day.  This is very important because the state of the Interviewer’s mind is very important during the interview.

Walkin Interview process

  1. Candidates gets to know about the job opening through news paper ads / chain mails generally of type – Walk-in with your resume and walk out with a job
  2. Candidates come with their copies of resumes to the company.
  3. The company collects the resume and asks the candidate to wait.  I have heard of instances of  candidate waiting for 4-5 hours.
  4. Interviewer gets to see the candidate’s resume for the first time.  He would have been advised not to spend more time with the candidate. So, the interviewers in walk in interview have a general set  of questions to be asked. They ask the questions from their list, if the candidate fails to answer one / two from their standard questions, they candidate  is rejected.
  5. The time taken for the interview would range for 10 mins to 20 mins.

Effectiveness

  1. Many a  times interviewer doesn’t have time to go through the interview
  2. After a couple of interviews, the interviewer either gets tired
  3. Resumes are not screened / most of the time doesn’t get read.
  4. Experienced and skilled candidates don’t turn up for the walk in interviews
  5. You get to see a lot of people turning out for this interview , but the hit ratio would normally be low
  6. Interviewer is overloaded.

There is another kind of interview – Job fairs.  They are good to get the entry level graduates but not the experienced.

Does anyone have experience to share on the interview process.

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Author: azagappan

Hi.. I am Azagu. I live in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. I am a .NET developer. You can reach me at azagappan at gmail.com

6 thoughts on “Walkin interviews and their Effectiveness”

  1. My experience is I got a Job through Walk-In and I was in the company for a whole saturday (Morning 8:00 AM to evening 8:00 PM) and got an offer.

    Also the interview process differs from company to company.
    The company I attended interview was having 3 interview panels on that day and there were 3-4 rounds of interview.
    HR-Screening, Technical Interview, Senior Management Interview and HR Interview.

    My technical interviewer was a knowledgeable person(not writing this because he selected me) and outspoken. He was trying to make me think and get the best out of me. I enjoyed and didn’t feel it was an interview but a discussion between two of them. After I joined the company I came to know about my interviewer (normally I remember all my interviewers and after joining the company will try to find out about my interviewer and his skills etc…)

    So it is not just all the walk-ins are ineffective but based on the company one attends walk-ins.

    I have attended all kinds of interview process mentioned in your blog.

    This blog makes the reader feel that those who were selected in walk-ins are not effeciently selected.

  2. @Hero

    Probably you misunderstood my post. I am not talking about the effectiveness of the Candidate… I am talking about the process..

    You have spent about 12 hours in the walk in.. How tiring youw would have been then.. How tiring the panel would have been then… thats what my whole point is about… .

  3. My point is if the process is not effective then the result will be ineffective which results in selection of ineffective candidates. And the process depends on the company.
    May be my area of expertise matters.

  4. My technical interviewer was a knowledgeable person(not writing this because he selected me) and outspoken. He was trying to make me think and get the best out of me. I enjoyed and didn’t feel it was an interview but a discussion between two of them. After I joined the company I came to know about my interviewer (normally I remember all my interviewers and after joining the company will try to find out about my interviewer and his skills

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