Aug 19, 2018 - 09:39 PM
There are several explanations for why an interview would only last this long. It is possible the hiring manager determined you were not fit for the position after only 15 minutes and did not want to waste any more of your time. Additionally, it is possible the company already hired someone, but they had already scheduled the interview and did not want to cancel.
Even after a short interview, it is still a good idea to send a follow-up email thanking the employer for his or her time. If you feel you did poorly during the interview, then you can also use this email to ask if there was any way you could have improved. You may not receive an answer, but it never hurts to use failure as an opportunity to learn.
Nov 28, 2018 - 11:53 AM
If the person you meet with (or speak with the on the phone) is doing a cursory interview, it is possible to move on from that interview to other interviews that will be much longer in length. A cursory interview would be something like a phone screen, or an initial onsite interview where you perhaps only speak with a recruiter.
Know that in almost all cases, you will be provided with information from a company about how long an interview will be. It is understood that you have a life and schedule outside of a job search. If you get booked for an interview—either onsite or via phone—and you are not provided with an estimate interview length, it is okay to inquire on how long the interview will be.
And know this, too: If you’re invited onsite for an interview that is scheduled to last two hours, and the interview only lasts 15 minutes, then . . . that is a bad sign!