Glassdoor reveals companies with the best interview experience

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Rentokil tops the list of UK companies that offer the best job interview experiences, beating out Metro Bank, John Lewis and JD Wetherspoon, among others, according to Glassdoor research.

Based on analysis of job interview reviews on Glassdoor’s website, Rentokil score an overwhelming 97% positive rating, making it the most pleasant interview experience for job-seeking Brits overall.

One Rentokil interviewee said they found the process to be “excellent”.

“Very professional and streamlined. Loved the experience of the trial morning. Both interviews were friendly and relaxed,” they explained.

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According to reviews on Glassdoor, Rentokil candidates can expect to face an average duration of 16 hours and an average difficulty of 2.4 (out of five) with a mix of telephone, face-to-face and assessment day interviews. 

Cloud-based software company Salesforce and Metro Bank make up the top three highest-rated companies for interview experience with 92% and 82% positive experiences respectively.

Meanwhile, Primark and Explore Learning, which provides private learning centres across the UK, round out the top five.

The 15 UK companies that offer the best interview experience

  1. Rentokil

  2. Salesforce

  3. Metro Bank

  4. Primark

  5. Explore Learning

  6. Marks and Spencer

  7. Royal Mail

  8. B&Q

  9. NHS

  10. Tesco

  11. ASDA

  12. J Sainsbury

  13. John Lewis & Partners

  14. JD Wetherspoon

  15. Morgan Stanley

Retail dominates the top 15 list, with seven large retailers offering “highly positive” interview experiences. Retailers also offer some of the shortest interview durations, with all well below the average of 27 hours.

However, two “corporate big-hitters” appear on the list – Salesforce and Morgan Stanley – both of which have significantly longer interview durations at 54 and 40 hours apiece, the data shows.

Culture and values, and senior leadership are the biggest drivers of employee satisfaction. Glassdoor said its views demonstrate that job seekers associate demonstration of this with a positive interview experience.

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The Salesforce team were always very welcoming and engaging, which made the process, dare I say, enjoyable,” said a Salesforce strategic account executive interviewee in London.

Job seekers also want to be challenged during the interview process. A third of companies highlighted in this report have above-average interview difficulty.

“I am actually impressed by their process as I was challenged and really feel like I earned the job I have today,” said another Salesforce interviewee.