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Career Watch: Where job interviews are really tough

Jamie Eckle | Oct. 8, 2013
According to Glassdoor, IT job hunters report that Google has the toughest job interview in the tech industry. Here's a look at the top 10 tech companies with the most difficult job interviews, as ranked by job applicants, along with the applicants' assessments of how positive the interview experience was at each company:

According to Glassdoor, IT job hunters report that Google has the toughest job interview in the tech industry. Here's a look at the top 10 tech companies with the most difficult job interviews, as ranked by job applicants, along with the applicants' assessments of how positive the interview experience was at each company:

Google

  • Interview difficulty rating (1-5): 3.6
  • Interview experience (% positive): 59%

Citrix Systems

  • Interview difficulty rating (1-5): 3.4
  • Interview experience (% positive): 62%

Amazon

  • Interview difficulty rating (1-5): 3.4
  • Interview experience (% positive): 60%

Adobe

  • Interview difficulty rating (1-5): 3.3
  • Interview experience (% positive): 71%

Microsoft

  • Interview difficulty rating (1-5): 3.3
  • Interview experience (% positive): 70%

Facebook

  • Interview difficulty rating (1-5): 3.3
  • Interview experience (% positive): 67%

Salesforce.com

  • Interview difficulty rating (1-5): 3.3
  • Interview experience (% positive): 60%

VMware

  • Interview difficulty rating (1-5): 3.2
  • Interview experience (% positive): 75%

NetApp

  • Interview difficulty rating (1-5): 3.2
  • Interview experience (% positive): 67%

Oracle

  • Interview difficulty rating (1-5): 3.1
  • Interview experience (% positive): 75%

Source: Glassdoor. Report based on feedback from at least 25 job candidates who interviewed at a given company between April 2012 and April 2013. Interview difficulty ratings based on a scale of 1 (very easy) to 5 (very difficult).

No Exit
Retirement is beginning to seem like an elusive goal to a big chunk of the U.S. workforce.

According to a study published last month by HSBC, 18% of working-age Americans believe they will never be able to afford to fully retire. That compares to an average of 12% for all 15 countries, of varied economic development levels, where HSBC surveyed 16,000 people.

Insufficient planning and the global economic crisis were just about neck-and-neck as the most commonly cited reasons for why post-retirement income hadn't met the expectations of those respondents who are already retired.

Why Income Falls Short

  • " Insufficient planning: 35%
  • " Global economic crisis: 34%
  • " Unexpected expenses: 24%
  • " Still supporting children: 21%
  • " Debt: 21%
  • " Still supporting parents: 7%
  • " Fall in value of home: 6%
  • " Inheritance less than hoped: 4%

Note: Multiple responses allowed.

Ask a Premier 100 IT Leader: Judy Batenburg
The vice president of IT infrastructure and operations at Starz Entertainment offers advice on learning more about business.

 

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