Google has earned a reputation for posing brain-teasing questions to interviewees in order to ensure that only the best and brightest make it through its ranks. But according to a new survey,Google isn’t the toughest job interview out there.
The career site Glassdoor, which bases its data on reviews from anonymous workers, foundthat Google was the eighth hardest place to interview. No. 1 was awarded to consulting firm McKinsey & Company.
In addition to Google, the rest of the top 10 ranked in the following order: ThoughtWorks, Boston Consulting Group, Gartner, Bain & Co., Rolls-Royce, ZS Associates, Stryker and HubSpot. Other tech companies in the top 25 included Microsoft (16), Citrix (19) and Facebook (22). The survey not only showed that consultants tend to have the most rigorous screening process, but also revealed that the average interview time has swelled from 12 days in 2010 to 23 days so far in 2013.
Your wait will likely be longer if you’re interviewing at one of the companies on the list. At McKinsey, for instance, the average interview time is 39 days. Google makes you wait 37 and Facebook’s process takes a comparatively brief 30 days.
On the bright side, Google has recently nixed its job interview riddles, which were the subject of at least one book. “On the hiring side, we found that brainteasers are a complete waste of time,” Laszlo Bock, Google’s SVP of people operations, said in an interview with the New York Times. “They don’t predict anything. They serve primarily to make the interviewer feel smart.”