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Difficult job interviews leading to Pennsylvania jobs?

Posted on November 5, 2015

A new Glassdoor survey points out that difficult job interviews may lead to more satisfied workers at Pennsylvania jobs.

Do harder job interviews lead to better job matches? It turns out, yes.

More difficult job interviews are statistically linked to higher employee satisfaction across six countries we examined: U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, Germany and France.
Overall, a 10 percent more difficult job interview process is associated with 2.6 percent higher employee satisfaction later on.
We found this statistical link in all six countries we examined: Australia (3.6 percent); Canada (3.0 percent); U.K. (2.9 percent); U.S. (2.5 percent); Germany (2.4 percent); and France (1.5 percent).
On a five-point scale, the optimal or “best” interview difficulty that leads to the highest employee satisfaction is 4 out of 5. Interview difficulty ratings based on a five-point scale: 1.0=very easy, 3.0=average, 5.0=very difficult.

In all six countries, there is a clear positive relationship between interview difficulty and employee satisfaction. A simple linear regression of employee satisfaction versus interview difficulty is shown in the figure. It shows that a 10 percent more difficult interview rating at companies is associated with 3.5 percent higher overall employee satisfaction in this simple cross-sectional view—a statistically significant link.

Overall, a 10 percent harder job interview is associated with 2.6 percent higher job satisfaction later on. Note that this is somewhat smaller than the 3.5 percent effect found above in our simple cross-sectional analysis. The relationship is weakest in France (1.5 percent), followed by Germany (2.4 percent) and the U.S. (2.5 percent). The relationship is strongest in Australia (3.6 percent), followed by Canada (3.0 percent) and the U.K. (2.9 percent).

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