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Interview day. Is it unethical?

Seeking a job has transitioned over the decades. A couple of decades ago, job seekers would mail their CVs or go in person. LinkedIn has become a trend in 'connecting' with recruiters, and job seeking has become an art rather than a standard procedure.

The ongoing trend today is Interview Day. Suppose a candidate is short-listed, going through CV and Cover letter checks, depending on the company. In that case, they will either interview the candidate or submit the candidate to display an array of a task to do. That usually consumes the whole day.

However, is it ethical for the interviewee?

I ask multiple individuals who have undergone an Interview Day to share their thoughts and opinions on the process.

Miss H is an Animal Behaviour Science and welfare graduate and has done multiple interview/ trial days at Zoological establishments and animal centres such as daycares and rescue centres.

"I feel disadvantaged. I am a person on the larger side, and despite what they say, they judge your size."

Miss H feels that the interview day is there to assess the potential and qualifications of the candidate. Many establishments hire less qualified but "insanely pretty" candidates when the job requires much strength.

Psychology Graduate Miss E has done many corporate interview days that are different from Miss H's interview day experience. It consisted of written tests, oral, debate and group communication.

"Although I learnt much about what the employer wants to see in a candidate. I can't help but think that it is unfair to commit a whole day to get rejected. Many have to take a non-paid day off work, and you cannot simply afford it."

Ophthalmic Dispensing Graduate Miss D has not experienced an interview day "it is not required in my field as it is eye care orientated, as long as you have the appropriate qualifications and good communicational skills, that's all you need."

Miss D says she prefers a relaxed one-to-one interview, getting to know both the employer and the employee, as many employees fail to realise that it is a two-way street. You are assessing whether the company is for you.

Interview days are a great way to know the candidates' strengths. However, the ethical component is debatable and may be something that may need to be changed in the future.

Written by Neranjana Elapatha

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