Looking for Clues about Culture in the Hiring Process

A colleague applied for a management job at a large national organization — 2 months ago. Aside from a form email acknowledging receipt of his application, he hasn’t heard a word.

There’s information about the organization here. Were I in this position, I’d be wondering:

  • What does this say about how this organization makes decisions?
  • Is the speed of this process typical?
  • Are the managers in this organization pushed to the wall for time?
  • How does this organization treat the “wait state” and what effect does that have on interdepartmental and external relationships?
  • Is “hurry up and wait” a pattern in this organization?
  • How does this organization treat people?

    Every organization reveals something about its culture in the hiring process. You just have to look.