The 9 companies with the best job interviews

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    The job interview is typically the first in-depth experience a worker has a with a potential employer, and it's a process where some companies are excelling while others are stumbling.

    Most employees have a horror story or two about awkward job interviews, ranging from hostile interviewees to bizarre questions, but employment site Glassdoor wanted to examine what makes a good interview. Since it's a screening process that aims to match workers with their ideal job, the interview is important for conveying something about a company's culture while finding talented staff.

    The companies that are killing it when it comes to job interviews are those that provide a positive first look for would-be hires by hitting on a number of key attributes. Candidates give high ratings to companies that provide a welcoming atmosphere, as well as those that are open to questions and provide transparent answers. Interviews that are relatively difficult -- but not too tough -- help target the right hires, while efficiency is also important, the survey found.

    "Information is power, and this list basically gives [job seekers] further insight into what companies are like in an interview," said Lisa Holden, employer engagement manager at Glassdoor. "It points to companies getting it right. Here are the expectations you should hold any company to."

    Interestingly, most of the companies on Glassdoor's list aren't technology companies, which are often considered among the hottest places to work thanks to high pay and perks like massage rooms and catered lunches.

    Google (GOOG) didn't make the cut because other companies scored better for difficulty level and duration of the interview process, Holden noted. Facebook (FB) wasn't included because it had a below-average percentage of positive interview experiences.

    Companies that would like to improve their hiring process should focus on several areas, such as eliminating layered interviews that lengthen the process without helping to find better candidates, and to test specific job skills during interviews, Glassdoor said.

    Many of the top companies with good interview experiences are in older industries, such as banking and financial services or retail.

    Read on to learn the top nine companies for excellent interview experiences.