Does the Job-Interview Process Take Longer These Days? Resources

There’s a quick phone interview, followed by an in-person chat, followed by a skills test, followed by one final face-to-face grilling. Then the company thinks it over for a while. Sound familiar? Experiences like these might be more and more common.

According to a recent study by Glassdoor, the average interview process took 22.9 days in 2014. That’s an increase of 3.3 to 3.7 days from 2009, and while it still means that jobseekers in America are landing positions faster than they are in Australia (27.9 days), the U.K. (28.6), Germany (28.8), and France (31.9), it’s bad news for people looking to jump quickly through all the hoops.

As reports, the increased time is likely due to things like background checks and skill and drug tests. The Glassdoor study is based on 344,250 interview surveys submitted from six countries between February 2009 and February 2015. Although respondents reported longer wait times, they indicated that some things about the job-interview process have remained constant. In-person interviews are still the norm, with 68 percent of companies favoring this method, while 56 percent opt for phone interviews. Only 6 percent use IQ tests as an interview screen.

Looking to expedite your own path to gainful employment? Steer clear of the federal government. Due to regulatory and legal requirements, hiring in that sector takes the longest of any that Glassdoor looked at: 60 days. Second place goes to colleges, followed by hospitals. In terms of individual careers, police officers undergo the longest average interview process: a whopping 127.6 days. On the other end of the spectrum, entry-level marketing jobs take just 3.9 days, on average, to fill.

Location matters, too. Perhaps because of its large number of government gigs, Washington, D.C., has the distinction of being the city with the longest interview times. It’ll take you an average of 34.4 days to get through the process there — far longer than in the others in the top five: 25.3 days in Portland, 25 days in Seattle, 24.8 days in San Jose, and 23.7 days in San Francisco.

Down in Miami, things only tend to take 18.6 days. Also: palm trees.

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