Job Seekers Rate the Best Companies to Interview
The winners at the top of this year's Glassdoor list included some relatively unknown names.
By Andrew R. McIlvaine
Glassdoor released its annual Candidates' Choice Awards for the 100 Best Places to Interview, and topping the list are three companies that are hardly household names: #1 is Dignity Health, followed by Horizon Media at No. 2 and Cadence Design Systems coming in at third place. Rounding out the top five were Salesforce and J. Crew.
What makes for a good place to interview? Glassdoor relies on input from job candidates and employees, who rate and review their interview experience with a company, and ranks organizations based on the percentage of positive reviews they get. Dignity Health, a San Francisco-based healthcare system with 400 care centers (including hospitals) in 22 states, received a 93 percent "positive interview experience" score, while second-place winner Horizon Media got 91 percent and Cadence Design Systems got 86 percent.
Dignity Health interviewees frequently cited a "relaxed and friendly environment" during panel interviews, with one candidate who interviewed for a nursing position describing the entire experience as "wonderful and educational." The typical interview lasted for about 30 minutes, according to the reviews. Candidates who interviewed at Horizon Media, a New York-based media-services agency, frequently cited transparency as a positive experience there, with HR generally doing a good job of keeping them in the loop regarding their status.
As for those who interviewed at Cadence Design Systems, a San Jose, Calif.-based IT firm that's also on Fortune's list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, the tone of the reviews was a bit more critical, with many recounting a complicated process consisting of multiple technical interviews (many of the positions were for software engineer, which may explain that) and, in a few cases, hiring managers who were late to the interview or recruiters who failed to conduct any follow-up. In general, however, they described the process as smooth and efficient.
"The interview process is the gateway experience that employers have with a candidate, and you only get one chance to make a great first impression," says Glassdoor CHRO Carmel Galvin. "These employers stand out from the rest for offering a best in class candidate experience that is vital to turning quality candidates into amazing employees."
Glassdoor's Best Places to Interview includes a few well-known names too, of course, including Walt Disney Co. (No. 25 on the list), United Airlines (28), Nike (34) and Starbucks (39). The length of the hiring process and interview difficulty also play a part in determining winners, says Glassdoor.
Below are the top 10 employers on the list:
Dignity Health (Interview Experience: 93 percent positive)
Horizon Media (91 percent positive)
Cadence Design Systems (86 percent positive)
Salesforce (85 percent positive)
J.Crew (83 percent positive)
SSM Health (83 percent positive)
General Mills (82 percent positive)
LUSH North America (81 percent positive)
JetBlue (81 percent positive)
QuikTrip (80 percent positive)
Face it, it's tough to attract and hold on to talented employees these days, and a positive candidate experience matters more than ever. Just ask the organizers of the Candidate Experience Awards, who will hold their own awards ceremony for North American winners this October in Nashville. (And you'll be able to hear directly from some of those winners at this year's Recruiting Trends & Talent Tech Conference).