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Gauntlet Interviewing


We have a candidate in process who’s going in with great expectation for the 7th and …. final interview.

Gauntlet Interviewing.

Sure, a normal, modern interview process is always nice as a 3rd party recruiter.

First Interview: Phone or Zoom

Second Interview: Phone or Zoom, or F2F

Third and Final Interview: Phone or Zoom or F2F

But some situations call for Gauntlet Interviewing.

More interviews than the normally accepted interview process.

We’ve had up to 9 interviews on a search a few years ago with a client that was filled with new management.

Some of the Factors that Cause Companies to Drag it Out:

1. A new hiring manager – needs to get ‘buy-in’, or doesn’t have deep experience hiring for those types of roles and is ‘figuring it out’.

2. Company is going through a rough patch – lost revenue or financial challenges, they need people still but are extra cautious to hire the right person.

There could be a myriad of other reasons.



Quarterly Analyst meetings.

Shareholder influence.

Non-disclosed impending terminations or retirements


For candidates going through a gauntlet process, the best thing to do is just realize that no two situations are ever exactly the same.

Processes that drag out are not always an indication of what it is like working for the company.

Maybe they are real thorough, but the compensation and stability is incredible?

All you can do is keep the lines of communication open with your contacts and recruiters through the process.

And let the chips fall where they may.

Doubling down for another strong day of getting after it here at SCN – Search Consulting Network, and trust that you are as well.

Make it a great day, everyone!

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Jim Guerrera

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Jim Guerrera

Jim Guerrera, Managing Director, founded SCN in 2000. Jim is primarily responsible for the development of the leaders at SCN, strategic planning, the hiring and development of company associates, culture leadership, core value leadership, sales le...

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