Airbus tops best places to interview in the UK in Glassdoor survey

Candidates ranked companies positively where the interview process was friendly and informalWestEnd61/REX/Shutterstock
Candidates ranked companies positively where the interview process was friendly and informal
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Employer comparison and job site Glassdoor has revealed where candidates believe the best places to interview are in the UK.

Its Candidates’ Choice Awards ranked Airbus as the most positive experience as a job applicant, scoring 94%.

The engineering company was closely followed by online business directory Yell, at 92%, and insurance company Hiscox at 86%.

Candidates rated their interview experience on factors such as the difficulty of the questions and the ease of the process.

At Airbus, the process took an average of 80 days (compared to just 15 at Yell), but the assessment process was described as “friendly” and there were opportunities to talk to current employees.

Other positives highlighted by candidates at all of the highly ranked companies included being kept informed throughout the process, being given a realistic feel for the company, and informal and relaxed environments.

Carmel Galvin, chief HR officer at Glassdoor, said of the findings: “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.

“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. It’s no easy task, but employers who get this right will have the recruiting and business advantage.”

Six in 10 of the candidates who reviewed their application experience on Glassdoor reported a positive interview experience.

In the US, healthcare company Dignity Health topped the best places to interview list.

The full UK top 10 is here:

1. Airbus (Interview experience: 94 percent positive)
2. Yell (92 percent positive)
3. Hiscox (86 percent positive)
4. easyJet (86 percent positive)
5. Salesforce (85 percent positive)
6. AllSaints Retail (84 percent positive)
7. Hays (83 percent positive)
8. Carphone Warehouse (82 percent positive)
9. Waitrose (82 percent positive)
10. Rolls-Royce (80 percent positive)

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