Glassdoor: The 20 Toughest Interviews

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The most important questions of an interview might be those that you, the applicant, ask. on Friday released a list of the 20 companies with the most difficult interview processes. The big surprise: Google, known for its notoriously tough hiring process, didn't make the list.


We know that Google has revamped its hiring process and in its efforts to bring on more than 6,000 people this year, has been sifting through applications from years past. Reportedly, CEO Larry Page still approves every hire, but in that kind of hiring spree, some streamlining has to occur. Glassdoor reports that Google ranked No. 21, just off this list of tough interviewers.


The report delves into interview reviews posted on the site by job candidates. It includes ratings on the interview experience and how workers rate these employers.


Management consultancy McKinsey & Co. topped the list as the most difficult interview, though LED maker Cree, host site of President Obama's North Carolina jobs speech this week, ranked No. 3. Among the tech-related tough interviews:

  • No. 6-Analytics technology vendor Palantir Technologies
  • No. 8-Consultancy A.T. Kearney
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  • No. 18-Amazon
  • No. 19-eBay


Even so, most reviewers viewed the interview experience positively for companies on the list. Not so with Cree and eBay. A majority of reviewers gave a thumbs-down to the interview experience at Cree (19 percent positive, 42 percent negative) and eBay (25 percent positive, 45 percent negative). Employees at both companies ranked the work experience at the two "OK."


At Google, 39 percent of job candidates rated the interview experience as positive and 20 percent rated it negative. Its employees, though, have rated their work life there as "satisfied."


Glassdoor contributors also write in some questions they were asked in interviews, making it a great resource in your interview preparation. And the word "preparation" appeared often in candidates' advice to other job seekers.

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