Wow. The employment world has changed a lot since I last interviewed. I remember when you aplied for a job, met with the person thats responsible for hiring, had an interview and usually heard something within a day or two. That was mainly it. Maybe a competency evaluation for certian positions but that was the extent of it. A friend of mine recently interviewed for a middle-tier IT position and the crap they hasd to go through was completely obscene! Lets discuss: 1) Two phone interviews. Really? Phone interviews to me are like phone sex.... not at all like the real thing and utterly useless. 2) One in-person interview with the hiring manager. This one makes sense. 3) A second in-person interview with a room full of employees that essentially grill you. WTF is that all about? Does the job require being grilled by rooms filled with IT nerds? Probably not. ???? 4) A last interview with HR & the HR team. Again...what for? What does HR have to do with technical competency? Id think HR meetings would be vaulable AFTER you are hired. Right? 5) Drug Test - stupidest thing ever. Its really a "have you smoked weed within the last 3 weeks" test since all other drugs are long gone from your system after about 24 hours. On top of that, what I do on the weekends is really NONE of my employers business. If I come to work high or drunk - fire me. But otherwise, they pay you to do a task and thats IT. There is NO goody-goody stipend paid to you to behave on weekends. Weed isnt even a drug, ironically. Its a plant thats harmless. Whatever. Also, since they never test again everyone just quits for a month and then tokes up immediately afterwards and from then on. Half of my IT-based company burns tree. So what? It effects NOTHING. 6) Background check - are they focking kidding? This isnt a secret service job. We're not applying for a psitol permit here. Its a mid-level tech job. Background checks? Again - none of their business. Other than making sure you arent a convicted felon or wanted for some haneous crime. The rest is completely irrelevant pertaining to doing a job task. 7) Credit Check. Yep - this one made me fly off the handle and Im not even interviewing. What. The. Fock? Im not applying for a mortgage or a for a loan. Duh? My credit score is MY business, not Mr. and Mrs. employer. Who the hell allowed this? Its a total invasion of privacy and like most of this has ZERO to do with performing a task for a certain wage. This should be illegal unless the position for some reason requires you to have a perfect credit score. Holy Crap - Im getting old...or something. This is ridiculous. Again, this is for what Id call basic, everyday jobs. Not Govt agency, Pentagon, etc. Wow. Just awful. Its like: "Hey, Ill do the work you need and you pay for it. If the work is done satisfactorily then you pay me and we'll keep going as long as both parties are happy". It should be that simple. Rant OVER!