While there’s no such thing as the perfect interview, the winners of our 2017 Candidates’ Choice Award for Best Places to Interview get pretty darn close.
These 100 U.S. and 50 U.K. large employers have cracked the code on providing an interview process that’s downright delightful. How do we know? Candidates who’ve interviewed at these companies have told us so! In fact, interview reviews determine who makes the list.
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But of course you want to know what sets our Best Places to Interview honorees apart. Here’s 7 reasons why this year’s winners came out on top:
#1: Dignity Health and friendliness
“The interview was actually quite a wonderful experience. The person who interviewed me and her staff member laid out what they expected from you and what kind of a candidate they are looking for. They wanted to see if you were a match for them and if they were a match for you.”
#2: Horizon Media and a strong HR department
“Thorough interview process on both phone and in person. Great communication. Always kept in touch and both HR and hiring manager kept me aware of the process. I was aware they wanted to meet with different people and continued to updated me as process went along.”
#3 Cadence and their thorough interviews
The on-site interview was split into 5 1-on-1 rounds focused on different aspects of software engineering with various managers and senior architects from the group. Extended discussions with each interviewer were very helpful in getting a bigger picture of the work in this division.”
#4 Salesforce and their helpful internal recruiters
“The entire process was thorough and concise. They definitely have interviewing down to a science. I really appreciated prep and tips from the internal recruiter who helped me. Overall a great experience that made me sure that the job was the right fit for me!”
#5: J. Crew and a relaxed atmosphere
“The best interview I've ever had the store manager was so welcoming I was super nervous but fell totally in love with the position I forgot I was on an interview she was so sweet i was hired on the spot just waiting on the background check can't wait to start!”
#6: SSM Health and good interview panels
“The interview was a positive and welcoming environment. This made the interview process very easy. The panel of staff members were welcoming and made my interview experience a great one.”
#7: General Mills and nostalgic swag bags
“After completing the online application , I was invited to a 30min phone interview, and later a 3-1/2 hr in-person interview with 4 back-to-back interviewers. Everyone was extremely nice and welcoming. I even got a swag bag with several General Mills products to take home, including a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. My favorite!”
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