Job Seekers Rank These Companies as Best Places to Interview

Job seekers said their favorite companies to interview with were honest and friendly, according to Glassdoor's Candidates' Choice Awards for the Best Places to Interview in 2016.

The annual ranking of the 50 employers with the highest interview scores is based on input from candidates who anonymously submitted reviews on the Glassdoor employer review site.

Instead of being intimidated, job seekers said they found interviewing at the winning employers—such as paint company Sherwin-Williams and accounting firm Grant Thornton—to be a friendly, upfront and honest experience. They described interviewers as "super down to Earth" and approachable.

An audit associate candidate from Boston said that the candidate reception at Grant Thornton the night prior to the interview was "very helpful because I was able to meet the people interviewing me, establish a connection before the interview, and got to know more about them on a personal level."

A customer-care representative candidate from Chicago described the interview experience at Southwest Airlines as "totally the opposite of regular corporate, uptight interviews." Upon arriving, the candidate was "taken into a fun, colorful room to take selfies" before beginning a conversation with the hiring manager.

"The interview process is crucial to finding the best qualified candidate for the job and one who would be the greatest asset to the organization as a whole," said Kristi Jones, talent acquisition manager for H&R Block, the world's largest tax services preparer, based in Kansas City, Mo. "This is a first impression of your company and one that a candidate will remember and share with friends and family. Turnover is expensive so you want to get it right the first time."

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