Call it over diligent on the part of organizations to get it right each time they hire, the recruitment process has elongated for mid- to senior-level roles with more interview rounds being thrown in, hiring experts said. Over the last six months, even after multiple rounds of interviews, a pharma multinational is yet to close a position for a site head, said a search firm executive.
In another instance, a decision on the post of a country head at an MNC is undecided despite the fact that the applicant in question has undergone multiple rounds of interviews and is said to be a “sharp candidate” from the company’s perspective.
A sales director’s role for a leading medical devices company, which has been cleared at the highest levels, too, is taking time to close, awaiting a final go-ahead from the global headquarters.
Antal International managing partner Mayank Chandra said, “Interviews have gone up for mid- and upper mid-level positions. While CXO-level candidates always had to face multiple rounds, we witness that there has been a significant increase in interviews for mid-level profiles for senior managers and above.”
The trend is to assess the maximum possible number of candidates available within a domain and sector before selecting the top two or three and hiring the best among them. The reason is the tendency to play safe. According to TeamLease Services co-founder and executive VP Rituparna Chakraborty, organizations are realizing that an interview is no more a reliable experience to identify a candidate who can perform to a role aligned with the specific company’s goals and culture.
Given that middle management plays a key role in empowering objectives, organizations are including additional personal interactions apart from line manager and HR discussions for these levels. Chandra said companies are in a wait-and-watch mode and are going through a cautious expansion. “At the same time, while assessing fresh candidates for a role, they don’t want to lose good talent. So, they keep them involved by having multiple rounds of interviews. Also, a risk is minimized when multiple people review the same candidate,” said Chandra.