I have been thinking about the typical recruitment interviews that companies conduct to hire potential employees. Over discussions with friends, recent interviewees and my own observations, I find that the interview is not really what it is supposed to be – an interview! The focus of such discussions between an employer and a prospective employee remains focused on one outcome – is the interviewee a fit for a particular role in my company.
But, an interview is supposed to address the other side of the story as well. Ultimately, what it must do is to give the candidate an opportunity to evaluate whether he sees a possible fitment with the role or not. What companies typically restrict themselves to is a brief (and mostly extremely hazy) description of the profile and a customary “do you have any questions”? Instead, companies, especially those requiring highly-skilled labour, should start a process of “Reverse Interviewing”, wherein the candidate gets an opportunity to grill the prospective employer on the nature of work, deliverables, future prospects and other aspects of professional life. After all, why do we always look at things and attach importance to the supply side? Gone are the days when India faced supply-crunches in not only commodities, utilities & jobs, but also in other socio-economic aspects like education. Then still, why the over-riding importance to the supplier of jobs. For god’s sake, it is a buyer’s market! And companies better start realizing this.
Not only will such a move improve role-talent fitment greatly, but it can also be a tool to arrest attrition. The hundreds and thousands of employees who constantly feel “this-is-not-what-I-want-to-do” can be managed so much more effectively.