I don't know what you are seeing but i have about reached the point of screaming at the "phony baloney" interview process that is evolving in my market place.
Yes, of course. All the standards, dress right, talk right, ask the right questions, present your achievements, blah, blah, blah. Now how about we look at what is really going on and maybe how we can get our clients to be a bit more "real".
"The dress code is business casual but we expect candidates to come in wearing a suit and tie or a dark professional skirt and blazer and heels without open toes." Ok, great, so you want candidates to look like the auditors or the SEC have invaded the office. Why is that? Would you like to see what they really look like on a day to day basis in your official dress code or do we need to keep phonying up the interview process.
You knocked a candidate out because he said something like, "I have interviewed with a competitor of yours and decided they didn't know dip about what they doing". The internal recruiter thought that was most unprofessional in the interview process and wasn't sure he didn't say they didn't know dick about what they were doing. Are you telling me that nobody in your office ever says that someone doesn't know dip (or much worse) referring to competitors or even their co workers.
Maybe he shouldn't have said it. But really, does that mean he is not an extremely well qualified CPA with excellent references. Please quit drawing yourself up in your pedantic posture , responding with..."Well maybe it wasn't that big a gaff, but (spoken in breathless, horrifed tones) but it was just wretched during the (even more breathless) " I-n-t-e-r-v-i-e-w" process."
Really folks, the interview process is to get to know someone. It is not the final vows to enter a cloistered order with a vow of silence or the last rites.
Does the interview process have to be this phony, pretend, speak in pear shaped tones that nobody uses in the real world? Dress like one is going to a funeral. It's my take that we have reached an unprecedented level of "play like" for interviews that needs to be looked at in the hard light of day.
Is anyone else seeing ridiculous examples of the interview process?
I am starting to suggest to my clients that they lighten up on the nitpicking, encourage candidates during the interview process to be themselves so the corporate fit can be evaluated on what the corporate fit really is in the real world. I mean, after all if the hiring manager is interviewing candidates eating a doughnut with crumbs on his wrinkled kakis, why is my candidate questionable because he presented in a sport coat and no tie when not one person in your office has on a tie but the security guard.
Let's get real with this stuff.