CHAPTER 1 What is a job interview and why do organizations use it?

DOI: 10.4324/9781003171089-1

The role of a job interview when selecting employees

Rachel and Kareem just graduated from the same university with a degree in mechanical engineering. They are ready to enter the labour market and start their quest for the ideal job. They both have identified a handful of organizations that have a good reputation and are looking for engineers with backgrounds like theirs. But it is their first time applying for “real” jobs. What will the hiring process look like for them? Here is a snapshot of what they might be expected to face.

Initially, Rachel and Kareem will be asked to formally apply to each position (most likely online) and provide ...

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