I’m not going to sit here and pretend to be the perfect interviewer, there’s lots of amazing people in this company involved in hiring who do it far more often than I, but I really don’t think the above is true for us.
Firstly because no decision is solely made by an individual. Secondly because we are hyper-aware of internal bias. I’ve approached every interview with a blank slate. There’s people on paper who are the perfect candidate but then don’t come across well in person, and vice versa. And many, many variables in between.
Finally, the interview is only one part of the process, so it’s not the be-all and end-all of the application.
I know that it sucks to not get a role that you want and are qualified for. And it’s also possible that we’ve got it wrong and made the wrong call. That happens! And anyone that has been involved in hiring knows how hard it is and how tough some calls are to make.
It’s also not always possible to give feedback. Sometimes it just comes down to going with a candidate who we felt was stronger and it might only be a slight difference. Sometimes there isn’t always useful feedback to give, unfortunately.