When is it OK to lie? What would you do with 100 Christmas trees in July? If you were a cereal, what kind would you be?
that those and other questions await in an employment interview could
have a huge impact on a candidate's chances of landing a new job and,
beginning on Tuesday, a Web site called Glassdoor.com aims to provide
The online jobs site, which already lists salaries
and reviews of companies around the world, is adding interview
listings. Using a give and get system, users submit their experience
anonymously for access to other people's stories.
We view our
mission as helping people make better career decisions, said Robert
Hohman, chief executive of the Sausalito, California-based company.
is scary, and the one thing that can help reduce the anxiety of
interviewing is information, he said. It makes you feel more
Reviews of nearly 2,000 job interviews have been collected from more than 1,000 companies, Hohman said.
information includes descriptions of the process, such as whether it
was a panel or one-on-one. It lists unexpected or tough questions,
rates the difficulty, whether it was positive or negative and whether
the interviewee got an offer.
For instance, a review by a
candidate for a maintenance director post at a senior center run by
Brookdale Senior Living in Tucson, Arizona, warned against the job.
The company lost his application, and an executive who scheduled an interview with him took that day off, he said.
is no leadership skills in this corp, he wrote, adding that he was
asked: What would the inside of my car look like if we were to go look
inside of it right now?
A Brookdale spokeswoman told Reuters the company was disappointed
the applicant had an unpleasant experience and would use the review as
Launched 10 months ago, Glassdoor has about 200,000
salary listings and reviews of jobs at some 23,000 companies, and many
companies use the information for feedback, Hohman said.
The interview information seemed like a good addition at a time when many people are battling for so few jobs, he said.
questions could be applied to almost any interview, such as the
question about lying that was asked of a project manager applicant at
Integer Group, a marketing agency.
The question about cereal was
posed in an interview for a financial analyst at Cisco Systems, and the
query about Christmas trees arose in a marketing interview at Visa Inc.
companies with the most interview reviews are Microsoft, Apple and
Google. The company with the easiest rating was Bank of America, Amazon
scored the most difficult rating, PricewaterhouseCoopers got the
highest positive rating and Google was rated the most negative
interview experience, Glassdoor said.