Competition among search partners doesn’t guarantee success; it just causes a burst of activity and a rush to make a referral before anyone else. What you really want is a dedicated, thorough search by a committed recruiting partner to ensure you are getting the best candidates in the market.
Go a different way when you have the opportunity – you can always go back the way you know.
As a candidate you are being asked to spend this time so that you can continue to be vetted before the official offer is made.
How does an organization hire the right Project Management talent with the ability to discern the difference between a seasoned PM and a more junior resource who is trying to “fake it till s/he makes it”?
In today’s world of free and easily available information, there is absolutely no reason for a job candidate to be unprepared for an interview