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Tough Job Interviews Make Candidates More Likely to Take the Offer

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Making job interviews more challenging could be a cost-effective way for employers to entice new hires, according to new research from job-review website Glassdoor.

Young workers were more receptive than older workers to tough job interviews, with accepted offers among candidates ages 25 to 34 rising 3.1 percentage points after more difficult screenings. Glassdoor parsed data from nearly 100,000 job candidates who used its website between January 2018 and November 2019, capturing their careers moves and asking them to rate their interview experiences.

"Research clearly shows the interview has a huge effect on how candidates see you as a company," said Daniel Zhao, Glassdoor's senior economist and a co-author of the research. "Skills and career development are a priority for younger workers, and interviews are an opportunity for them to see if the company they're applying for will equip them with the experience they want."

Among candidates for professional and technical jobs, raising the interview difficulty by even one level, as rated by job seekers on a five-point scale, was enough to lift acceptance rates by 2.6 percentage points, Glassdoor data show.

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