When organizations and hiring managers are interviewing for a
particular position do they usually interview all applicants and make
a decision or do they typically stop the second they feel that they
have found a match?
I don't usually stop the second I have a match. It generally doesn't make sense to do so, since that first "match" might not accept an offer, and the second or third "match" might be better.
Here's how I hire:
- I gather resumes for a while (days or weeks depending on the specific position, the recruiters I'm using at the moment, etc)
- I conduct telephone interviews with the applicants which look promising
- I invite three or so of the best applicants in for one or two face-to-face interviews with me, a few folks on my team, and other stakeholders
- I make an offer to the single best candidate, while waiting to respond to the other two next-best candidates
- If the best candidate doesn't accept the offer, then I move to the next-best candidates, in order
Sometimes, these things take time. Sometimes, I need to get re-confirmation on the job requisition from higher-level management. Sometimes, I need to bring a candidate in for an additional interview if the candidates were very close, or if one of the important interviewers was on vacation. Sometimes things just get very busy and I have to divert my attention away from hiring for a few days.
So, you still might be the top candidate. Or you might be one of the next-best candidates. Or you might not yet have been notified that they aren't interested.
There's just no way to tell.