It recently occurred to me that a rough overview of a company's hiring process can reveal some interesting information to a potential employee about what kinds of thing they value in an employee. Giving this rough overview is also something that needs to be repeated in every single phone screening interview, which could be spent on gleaning more information about the candidate. I'm therefore left wondering why more companies don't include this information in the job ad.
The level of overview I'm thinking of the amount in the following two examples:
- 30 minute phone screen
- 1 hour technical interview focusing on questions for the candidate
- 1 hour meeting with would-be manager and company founders
- 45 minute phone screen
- Take-home technical test
- 2 hour meeting with people the candidate would be working with directly
As is hopefully clear, after each step in the above, the company has the option to stop continuing forward.
Some potential reasons I can think of, but which don't seem like they are the whole story to me:
- The company's hiring process is seen as a competitive advantage that they want to keep off the public web.
- The company is worried about scaring off employees with a long/arduous interview process.
- The company wants the ability to change the process for different candidates.
None of these seem like compelling enough reasons to me. Does one or more of these reasons have more weight than I think? Or are there other more important reasons I have not thought of?