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25 Companies Where The Interview Process Is Brutal

http://www.businessinsider.com/most-difficult-companies-to-interview-for-2013-8

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For the third year in a row, consulting firm McKinsey & Company has been rated as having the most difficult interviewing process by employees.

Glassdoor's ranking placed McKinsey at a 3.9 difficulty rating out of 5.0, beating out tech giants like Google and Facebook, which were also in the top 25. 

The average interview difficulty rating on Glassdoor is 2.8.

Newcomers to this year's list include BlackRock, Microsoft Citrix, HubSpot, and Vistaprint.

Some companies still ask crazy brainteasers, despite Google's claims that they have nothing to do with success, while others stand out for running candidates through lengthy tests and round after round of interviews. 

25. Rackspace

Interview difficulty rating: 3.3

Tough interview question: “If your day was 20% performing job duties and 80% strategizing then give us examples of what you would be doing with that 80%?” - Rackspace Acquisitions Representative III Interview (San Antonio, TX)

Recent job candidate commentary“Hour three [of the interview] involved meeting the prospective actual team lead & manager to see how the fit might be. Questions like "Do you get enjoyment out of completing 50 tasks in a shift or do you prefer to tackle very difficult projects that take many hours?" Resume was scrutinized, and questions about if hired, where I wanted to be within the company in 5 years type questions.” – Rackspace Window Systems Administrator II Interview (Austin, TX)

Source: Glassdoor

24. Caterpillar

Interview difficulty rating: 3.3

Tough interview question: "Tell me of a situation when you had to work on safety incident, what was the incident and what was your involvement in providing solution and how it turned out." —Caterpillar Supply Chain Planning Engineer ( SAP IM WM ) Interview (East Peoria, IL)

Recent job candidate commentary: "The interviewer was the hiring manager who is from technical background, so all the questions are purely technical, which were very different from the job description. You gotta be very knowledgeable to go to the next round." –Caterpillar Senior Engineer (Gearbox Analyst) Interview (location, n/a)

Source: Glassdoor

23. Guidewire

Interview difficulty rating: 3.3

Tough interview question: "What is the difference between optimistic and pessimistic concurrency?" —Guidewire Senior Implementation Consultant Interview (Toronto, ON)

Recent job candidate commentary: "Overall it was a great experience and has undoubtedly developed my technical interview skills as well as understanding of some more obscure areas of Java." —Guidewire Solutions Consultant Interview (Dublin, Ireland)

Source: Glassdoor

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