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25 toughest companies for job seekers

November 19, 2013 13:27 IST

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Interviewing at any company isn’t easy, but at some companies, the interview process is even tougher.

To make things even more difficult, the average length of the entire interview process is increasing, from an average of 12 days in 2010 to an average of 23 days in 2013, according to Glassdoor.

Based on candidates’ experiences, job and career website Glassdoor compiled list of the companies that are most difficult to get a job in.

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Rackspace

Rank: 25

Interview Difficulty: 3.3

Positive experience: 72 per cent

Length of entire interview process: 23 days

Rackspace Inc. is an IT hosting company based in Texas. It’s one of the leading player in hybrid cloud computing and has founded OpenStack, the open-source operating system for the cloud.

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Caterpillar

Rank: 24

Interview Difficulty: 3.3

Positive experience: 76 per cent

Length of entire interview process: 43 days

Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives.

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Guidewire

Rank: 23

Interview Difficulty: 3.3

Positive experience: 62 per cent

Length of entire interview process: 30

Guidewire offers core back-end software for property and casualty (P&C) insurance carriers in the US and worldwide.

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Facebook

Rank: 22

Interview Difficulty: 3.3

Positive experience: 72 per cent

Length of entire interview process: 30

With more than 1 billion users, Facebook is the world's largest social network. The company ranks among the top five in the world in terms of number of visitors.

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Informatica

Rank: 21

Interview Difficulty: 3.4

Positive experience: 83 per cent

Length of entire interview process: 19 days

Informatica is a leading provider of enterprise data integration software. It was founded by Diaz Nesamoney and Gaurav Dhillon in 1993.

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NVIDIA

Rank: 20

Interview Difficulty: 3.4

Positive experience: 81 per cent

Length of entire interview process: 22 days

Nvidia manufactures graphics processing units (GPUs), and also has a significant stake in manufacture of system-on-a-chip units (SOCs) for the mobile computing market. The company also joined the gaming industry with its handheld Nvidia Shield recently.

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Citrix Systems

Rank: 19

Interview Difficulty: 3.4

Positive experience: 56 per cent

Length of entire interview process: 29 days

Citrix Systems provides server and desktop virtualisation, networking, software-as-a-service (SaaS), and cloud computing technologies.

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Sapient

Rank: 18

Interview Difficulty: 3.4

Positive experience: 76 per cent

Length of entire interview process: 12 days

Sapient is a marketing and consulting company that provides business, marketing, and technology services to clients.

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Blackrock

Rank: 17

Interview Difficulty: 3.4

Positive experience: 61 per cent

Length of entire interview process: 24 days

BlackRock is the world's largest asset management company, which also provides investment, advisory and risk management solutions.

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Microsoft

Rank: 16

Interview Difficulty: 3.4

Positive experience: 70 per cent

Length of entire interview process: 29 days

Microsoft develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of products and services related to computing. It is one of the most valuable company in the US.

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Avaya

Rank: 15

Interview Difficulty: 3.4

Positive experience: 86 per cent

Length of entire interview process: 30 days

Avaya is provider of business communications and collaboration systems. It supplies contact centres, networking (routers, switches and other networking hardware) and video products (integrated hardware and software) services.

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Procter & Gamble

Rank: 14

Interview Difficulty: 3.4

Positive experience: 77 per cent

Length of entire interview process: 50 days

Procter & Gamble is a leading fast moving consumer good company that sells products such as products pet foods, cleaning agents, and has a personal care range.

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Teach for America

Rank: 13

Interview Difficulty: 3.4

Positive experience: 73 per cent

Length of entire interview process: 55 days

Teach For America is an American non-profit organization whose mission is to "eliminate educational inequity by enlisting high-achieving recent college graduates and professionals to teach".

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Vistaprint

Rank: 12

Interview Difficulty: 3.5

Positive experience: 43 per cent

Length of entire interview process: 29

Vistaprint is an online supplier of printed and promotional material and marketing services to micro businesses and consumer.

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Paycom

Rank: 11

Interview Difficulty: 3.5

Positive experience: 35 per cent

Length of entire interview process: 12 days

Paycom was founded in Oklahoma City in 1998 as the first online payroll company capable of serving mid-size businesses. The company offers web-based HR solutions.

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HubSpot

Rank: 10

Interview Difficulty: 3.5

Positive experience: 62 per cent

Length of entire interview process: 20 days

HubSpot is an inbound marketing software platform that helps companies attract visitors, convert leads, and close customers.

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Stryker

Rank: 9

Interview Difficulty: 3.6

Positive experience: 64 per cent

Length of entire interview process: 35 days

Stryker manufactures medical devices and medical equipment. Stryker is a leader in the worldwide orthopaedic medical technology market.

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Google

Rank: 8

Interview Difficulty: 3.6

Positive experience: 62 per cent

Length of entire interview process: 37 days

Google, a household name, specialising in Internet-related services and products. These include search, cloud computing, software, online advertising technologies and mobile devices.

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ZS Associates

Rank: 7

Interview Difficulty: 3.6

Positive experience: 72 per cent

Length of entire interview process: 29 days

ZS Associates is a global leader in sales and marketing consulting, outsourcing, technology and software. It helps companies across a range of industries get the most out of their sales and marketing.

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Rolls Royce

Rank: 6

Interview Difficulty: 3.6

Positive experience: 86 per cent

Length of entire interview process: 46 days

Rolls-Royce is a global company, providing integrated power solutions for customers in civil and defence aerospace, marine and energy markets. It is the world’s third-largest maker of aircraft engines, and is the world's 16th-largest defence contractor by revenues.

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Bain & Company

Rank: 5

Interview Difficulty: 3.7

Positive experience: 84 per cent

Length of entire interview process: 28 days

Bain & Company is a top management consulting firm. It advises companies on strategy, marketing, organisation, operations, IT and M&A, across all industries.

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Gartner

Rank: 4

Interview Difficulty: 3.7

Positive experience: 62 per cent

Length of entire interview process: 35 days

Gartner is an information technology research and advisory company providing technology related insight. Research provided by Gartner is targeted at CIOs and senior IT leaders.

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Boston Consulting Group

Rank: 3

Interview Difficulty: 3.8

Positive experience: 74 per cent

Length of entire interview process: 32 days

The Boston Consulting Group is a management consulting firm and serves as an advisor to clients in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors across the globe. It is considered one of the most prestigious management consulting firms to work for.

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ThoughtWorks

Rank: 2

Interview Difficulty: 3.9

Positive experience: 73 per cent

Length of entire interview process: 43 days

ThoughtWorks is a privately owned global software delivery and products company. The firm also provides consulting services related to software development, design, architecture, operations and IT Transformation among others.

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McKinsey & Company

Rank: 1

Interview Difficulty: 3.9

Positive experience: 77 per cent

Length of entire interview process: 39 days

McKinsey & Company is a management consulting firm that focuses on solving issues of concern to senior management. James McKinsey, who is considered the father of managerial accounting, founded the firm. McKinsey is considered one of the most prestigious management consulting firms in the world.


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