What is a walk-in interview?
A walk-in interview is like an informal meet-and-greet session that is arranged by companies for interviewing a bunch of people in a short time. Unlike scheduled interviews, you don’t need to take up a formal appointment.
Companies generally have walk-in interviews when they are planning to recruit a number of people at the same time, or at career fairs. Walk-in interviews do not last for as long as a formal interview, and only a few most important questions are asked to the candidates. When a candidate gets shortlisted, they generally have to go through another round of detailed and formal interview, but sometimes candidates can get selected from the walk-in interview itself. It’s unlike how a Gen Z candidate would go about it but walk-in interviews can be highly effective otherwise.
Benefits of Walk-Ins for Employers
1. For checking their efficiency.
2. It helps them to meet a large number of prospective candidates in a short span of time.
3. Helps in quick decision making as recruiters get to meet the candidates face to face, and helps them in making the impression whether they’ll be a cultural fit in the organization or not.
4. Saves both time and resources of the organization.
Benefits of Walk-Ins for Job Seekers
1. It is more of a casual meeting than the normal formal meeting.
3. It gives them a formal idea about themselves being a cultural fit or not.
Disadvantages of Walk-Ins
1. If the person is not prepared it destroys the candidate’s candidature as interviewers first impression is decisive.
2. Such kinds of walk-ins are highly competitive, standing out is a difficult task.
3. All the paperwork etc needs to be completed on the spot.