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Duration of a Job Interview

  • 21-06-2022 6:35pm
    Registered Users Posts: 1,175 ✭✭✭

    Does the duration of an interview have much bearing on the general outcome?

    For example is a 'short' interview ( i e. 10 - 15 minutes long) a bad sign? Does this result in a rejection more often than not?

    Thank you.


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 67,927 Mod ✭✭✭✭L1011

    I had a sub 20min second round interview and was offered the job the same afternoon. Suspect there was either one specific question to ask or specific people who needed the see me.

    Super short first round would concern me deeply but it's not a guarantee of anything bad

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,175 ✭✭✭I am me123

    In my case there will be only one interview (no subsequent interview involved in the process).

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,829 ✭✭✭Princess Calla

    There's a few variables though.

    How many positions.

    How many people they plan on interviewing.

    The level of the position.

    What experience is on your CV etc.

    There's not much you can do about it now so no point in worrying over it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,329 ✭✭✭Loveinapril

    It really depends on the role. In my current area, it is normal for interviews take an hour but I have had other interviews for less skilled work last 15 mins. An interview with Tesco will take less time than an interview with a multinational bank!

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,555 ✭✭✭SouthWesterly

    Has a 2 hour interview once. Didn't get the job

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  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 67,927 Mod ✭✭✭✭L1011

    How senior/complicated a role is it it (roughly, if you don't want to reveal too much) and was there any lengthy application form or tests?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,175 ✭✭✭I am me123

    It was a Clerical Officer role in the HSE..

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,175 ✭✭✭I am me123

    It was  a Clerical Officer role in the HSE.. no appitude tests involved just a basic application form. Job Application process managed by a recruitment agency.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,317 ✭✭✭gameoverdude

    Interesting one. Might have liked you straight off, perfect answer to an important question...want them! Time will tell.

  • Posts: 1,344 ✭✭✭ [Deleted User]

    Don't fret it...... you rolled the dice / it is what it is. I've sat on many interview panels ........believe me the 15minute ones are on the same footing as the marathon sessions. As Elsa sang in 'frozen' ......... let it go

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  • Registered Users Posts: 54,933 ✭✭✭✭walshb

  • Registered Users Posts: 25,765 ✭✭✭✭Mrs OBumble

    Especially thru an agency, that's not a bad sign at all. They don't have time to interview in depth, for a basic role that they can easily move you on if it's not working out.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,175 ✭✭✭I am me123

    Thanks all for the replies everyone.

    Interview was around the 15 to 20 minute mark.

    That said there were no awkward silences for me in the interview and the conversation flowed pretty much constantly. Fingers crossed 🤞.

  • Registered Users Posts: 519 ✭✭✭Silverdream

    You can usually get a sense of how the Interview is going so I wouldn't put any merit on the interview length. I've been in a few diabolical Interviews which is really frustrating. You spend time getting to the interview, often having to go through those stupid aptitude tests (after you've done as many as me you can do them in your sleep at which point you are wondering should I be making a few mistakes), the telephone screening interview and then to have to learn a load of half relevant stuff about the company, take time to travel to the interview only for the following to happen. (not all from the same interview)

    • Interviewer failed to show up so you are left doing a bit of an Interview with whatever HR intern is about
    • Interviewer hasn't got your CV and is wondering how you got this far in the process without providing a CV
    • Arrive at the Interview only to be told that they emailed me to reschedule and I should have checked email (email arrived 45min before Interview)
    • The 10 am interview -: This is the one where the Interviewer is trying to dash off early to get down to the canteen for Eggs and Sausages
    • Do the interview, all goes well but then told the Job is gone but they felt they were helping me by giving me the interview process
    • Interviewers taking phone calls constantly during the interview
    • Been told that at your level of education you should be earning €100k per year, and asked why have you applied for a 35k a year job!! Yes this actually happened to me, jezz I was depressed for a month after it

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,317 ✭✭✭gameoverdude

    Sweet jebus! I would have walked over some of them.

    Did stop an interview before it happened once. Bosses were arrogant (you only get to shake my hand after getting the job), employees shaking their head mouthing the words "don't" and the pace was a state.

    Another one lasted 30 minutes. 25 of those were talking about people we knew and sport. Great company.

    Anyways, length of the interview doesn't always count.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,175 ✭✭✭I am me123

    I got the job guys!! 🥰