I'm a junior tech consultant at a tech consulting firm. I just recently joined the interviewing group and I learned that they analyze everything about candidates and plenty of interactions are a psychological mind game.
When I interviewed, there was a guy struggling with a large box outside the front door. That was part of the assessment. You failed that test if you didn't hold the door and only got 50% if you merely held the door for him rather than helping with the box. They still do that to judge "situational awareness and ability to help." The actual trick here varies, but it is some version of expecting the candidate to help.
The secretary at the front desk (Whichever one signs them in) gets asked her opinion of every candidate.
For senior level positions, they will have one of the custodians or chefs bump into them and check their reaction. People fail if they get angry and calling them stupid is an automatically disqualifies type of thing.
Sometimes the interview will start a bit late. Candidates are judged on how they react to this.
More than half the assessment document is stuff not in the interview itself. None of these things are relevant to the job so I think they are unfair to be assessed especially since the candidates would be stressed and not on top of their social game. None of the candidates would know any of those are tests rather than just random interactions.
Is this ethical? Is there someone I should report this to? I live in Canada.