A Wall Street Journal FINS article cites a report by glassdoor.com claiming the top 20 companies for tough job interviews aren't familiar names like Microsoft, Apple, or Google.
At the top of the list were: consultancy McKinsey, proprietary trading firm Jane Street Capital and semiconductor manufacturer Cree Inc. Firms like BP (No. 10), Procter & Gamble (No. 12), investment fund Bridgewater Associates (No. 16) and Amazon (No. 18), followed. Notably absent from the top 20 were tech giants like Google and Apple, both notorious for their high levels of competition and challenging interviews.
This all has to be taken with a grain of salt. Obviously, the applicants for clerical positions aren't being asked to solve tough equations. Which jobs in each firm have especially tough questions? How g-loaded are the questions from each firm? How much are the questions dependent on learning specific areas of mathematics or algorithms or engineering domain knowledge? How g-loaded are the questions?
What would be even more interesting: What's the relationship between salary and difficulty of interview? Do some firms have really high standards for jobs that do not even pay $100k per year? Do some firms have easier questions for their $200k per year jobs than other firms do for their $150k per year jobs?
Since BP is the only oil company on the top 20 list I'm skeptical about the sample pool too. For a petroleum engineer applying at BP, Exxon, Chevron, Total, Schlumberger, Transocean, Halliburton, and Cenovus what's going to be the ranking of difficulty of questions asked? If BP really is asking harder questions than its competitors and had been for a long time they should have a bigger competitive advantage.
|Share |||By Randall Parker at 2011 July 02 07:59 AM Economics Labor|