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
- Candidate gets to know about a job opening in the company through his friends working in that company / news paper ad/ job sites etc.
- Candidate sends his resume to the HR.
- HR sends the resume to the interviewer/panel for first round for screening.
- Interviewer/panel either rejects or asks the HR to schedule the interview with the candidate
- Interview is conducted
- Everything is planned.
- Interviewer goes through the resume before going for the interview
- Weed out the unfit resume before calling the candidate for interview
- Better chances of getting good candidates
- 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
- 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
- Candidates come with their copies of resumes to the company.
- The company collects the resume and asks the candidate to wait. I have heard of instances of candidate waiting for 4-5 hours.
- 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.
- The time taken for the interview would range for 10 mins to 20 mins.
- Many a times interviewer doesn’t have time to go through the interview
- After a couple of interviews, the interviewer either gets tired
- Resumes are not screened / most of the time doesn’t get read.
- Experienced and skilled candidates don’t turn up for the walk in interviews
- You get to see a lot of people turning out for this interview , but the hit ratio would normally be low
- 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.