A tough evaluation can actually be good news for a job seeker.
Worried a tough interview means you're out of the running for a job? You may not need to be.
According to a study released by job search platform Glassdoor, more challenging job interviews are linked to higher employee satisfaction in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, Germany and France.
Glassdoor found that the interview process in many countries is not only more difficult, but also longer today than many would expect. The process varies by industry as well.
Among the 25 countries observed, the average interview process took about 24 days. For some U.S. cities, like Washington, D.C., the process can be as long as 33 days — likely due to the high volume of government agency jobs, which have an average interview process of about 53 days.
"When there is a higher degree of job difficulty during the interview, employers are trying to find the best talent which is different from good talent," Glassdoor Community Expert Scott Dobroski, tells CNBC Make It .
While Glassdoor's statistics show that a 10 percent more difficult job interview is associated with a 2.6 percent higher employee satisfaction rate, the job search platform found that job-seeking employees still place high value on a smooth interview process where the employer communicates clearly and is transparent and educational.
"We have seen candidates leave the process and go with another option when they are not kept in the loop of the next steps," adds Dobroski.
As employers dig deeper to find their best employee match, Dobroski says they are looking for potential candidates who are informed about the company and the role they are interviewing for, because it means they will likely be more engaged and a better performer on the job.
"The days of blindly applying and going in and just sitting there for an interview, those days are over," he says. "If you want to get hired employers are constantly asking questions and trying to find people who really want to know what it's like as a culture there."
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