CIPD (Claire Churchard): The time it takes an employer to offer their chosen candidate a job has “grown dramatically” in recent years, according to international analysis from employer ratings website Glassdoor. Researchers examined a sample of 344,250 interview reviews from six countries to discover the length of hiring delays and what was causing them. It found that average interview processes have grown by 3.3 to 3.7 days since 2009.
Results outlined in the report ‘Why Is Hiring Taking Longer?’, showed that expanding interview processes are a major factor behind the growing trend in delayed job appointments. UK employers take an average of 28.6 days to quiz candidates, however, this is still a swifter process than in France, where it can take up to 31.9 days, and Germany where the interview process averages 28.8 days.
But relatively speedy Canadian recruiters spent just 22.1 days interviewing prospective employees, in the US it takes 22.9 days, and in Australia it was 27.9 days.
Glassdoor analysts looked at how a wide variety of factors have influenced the way employers screen candidates from changes in their own industry, to shifts in employment law and culture, the growing complexity of job roles, and shifts in employer job interview methods.
The report found that employer hiring policies “have a large effect on the length of the interview process”. For example, decisions to require group panel interviews, candidate presentations, background checks and skills tests, all have a statistically significant effect on hiring times. And tougher screening procedures, which can include drug tests, have become more common among employers.
The report said: “All of the recent growth in hiring process appears to be driven entirely by economy-wide shifts in the composition of employers, job titles, hiring industries, and company HR policies.”
However, the report also said: “While most factors we examined are beyond the control of individual job seekers and employers, one important set of factors is not: the number and type of job interview “screening” methods chosen by company HR management. Of the job screening methods we examined, all have a positive and statistically significant effect on job interview durations.”
The results highlight a well-recognised trade off faced by hiring managers, researchers said. “Longer interview processes may lead to more carefully screened candidates, but only at the cost of foregone productivity due to vacant positions.”