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Asked by Amel on May 14, 2017

On average, how many interviews will a person have within a company before obtaining the position?

Answered by Brittany, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on May 16, 2017

Hi there!

This will vary depending on the job level you are pursuing and can typically be between 2 to 6 interviews. The first interview is usually to determine if you're qualified for the position. The interviews afterwards are to get a gauge of your soft skills and character, and to see if you would be a good fit for the company and department culture.

Best of luck in your interviews!

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Answered by Claire, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on May 17, 2017

Hi! It really depends on the company, I would agree with Manpower that typically 2 to 6 interviews could be expected. While it depends on the company and hiring team, the first one to two interviews usually measures qualifications and fit for the role. While some of the later interviews may be more in depth or technically focused. Some technical positions may require some sort of testing to ensure that you would qualify for the job. Good luck!

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Answered by Kimberly , Hiring Expert at Emerson, on May 17, 2017

The number of interviews really depends on the company and type of position.  General rule, the more skilled, the more interviews.  Most companies conduct a phone interview first.  In those cases, make sure you are in a quiet area with no interruptions so your full attention can be focused on the call.
Good luck!

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Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on May 17, 2017

Great question, as you certainly want to be prepared, but unfortunately, I don’t think there is an average as every company is free to tailor the interview process as they see fit. For example, I have interviewed with firms in the past that have phone interviewed me first, then asked me for an in person, then asked me back to meet with a larger team panel style, then asked me back for a shadow day, and then a final interview with leadership before my hiring. A bit much huh? At the firm I represent currently, we interview campus candidates for entry level twice – the first being a behavioral interview and the second being a combination of a case and behavioral interview. My best advice to you is to reach out and ask!

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