Basically, it is a strategy used to conduct interviews when an organisation is wanting to hire people to their firm. Now a days there are lot many companies who entertain walk-in interviews where candidates can reach the office and get interviewed by the employer. It saves the company time, as they are need of conducting the process with many people.
Walk-in interviews help recruiter scan lot of people and select one best among those. This also has a negative end i.e, time period can extend beyond the working hours, and candidates would want to wait in a queue for hours together. Else, candidate has to go in convince, win the job and exit the office with a smile.
Features of Walk-in interviews are –
1) They are scheduled without any prior appointment.
2) Meet and greet session, which is for a short period.
3) Consisting of few questions
4) Its Spontaneous but unplanned structure
5) Organised by companies when they want to do mass recruitment, especially for initially screening.
Walk-in interviews and their effectiveness:
1) Candidates will come to know about the job openings through media like newspaper ads or by word of mouth. They can walk in with resume and walk out with a job.
2) Candidates enter the office with their resumes to the company.
3) The company collects the resumes and asks to wait for their turn to come.
4) Interviewer might have been advised not to spend more time with the candidates. So he gets to see candidates resume, will ask general set of questions. If the candidate fails to answer their question they reject them on spot.
5) The time taken for the interview would range from 10-20 minutes.
1) Interviewer does not have time to go through the resume completely.
2) After a couple of interviews, interviewer loses his interest
3) When he loses his interest, resumes may not be get screened or read.
4) Sometimes experienced candidates will not turn up for the interviews.
5) Since many people will not turn up, the hit ration usually goes down.
6) Interviewer finally feels over loaded.
There are 2 types of Walk-in jobs-
1) Scheduled Interview – In the scheduled interview, there will be a set of questions and structured answers for the interviewer. In a simple word, the questions will be given to candidate to test their hypothesis. Scheduled interview has specific timings allotted by the company.
2) Unscheduled Interview – In the unscheduled interview, candidates attend the interview without any prior appointment. There are no specific timings to attend as it’s a bulk session conducted by the company who are looking for large number of posts.
Before the candidate leaves the spot, he should check on few things with the interviewer –
1) Why is the position opened?
2) How should he be working for the first 2 months?
3) Any trainings or guidance will be provided?
4) How is his performance measured?
5) Speak about the key skills and experiences while on the discussion.
6) Once you are hired, find out what has to be done once you get into the position. Also if required the interviewer can provide with previous work samples so that they will have some ideas to take further.
7) Job seekers should write a thank you mails.
Therefore, finally the job interviewer selects the candidate based on their knowledge for the products or services, spoken language, handling the any difficult situation, communication towards other staffs in the organisation etc.