What takes an employer so long to make a job offer and hire someone?

By July 18, 2017 Blog, News No Comments

You found a position that would be an ideal fit for you. You apply as specified on the job posting and then wait to hear about getting an interview. Your interview goes great and then you wait for the employer to make a decision. Why does it take so much time for an employer to hire?

Employers want to hire quickly, but, the cost to train and the need to find people who will stay with the company must be considered.

Hiring someone is a costly process and does not always render a long-term employee. In a 2016 survey of employers, the median tenure of workers ages 55 to 64 was more than three times that of workers ages 25 to 34 years (2.8 years).1 Investing in an employee ($4,129 average cost-per-hire)2 whom may only last two years is a risky move for an employer.   

Finding employees that fit may involve pre-screening candidates.

Hiring Managers often pre-screen applicants using social media sites, personality tests, and skills tests to see how well the applicant will fit in with the core values of the company. Before offering a candidate a position,

Even if you feel you had the best interview you have ever had, don’t be surprised if it takes you a week or longer to hear back from the employer.

Each job opening an employer posts on average brings in 200 to 250 resumes to review. If only an eighth of those applicants pass through to the interview phase, that is 25 to 31 interviews that need to be conducted by the employer.

1   https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/tenure.pdf

2   https://www.shrm.org/about-shrm/press-room/press-releases/pages/human-capital-benchmarking-report.aspx

3   https://blog-content.glassdoor.com/app /uploads/sites/13/2015/06/Interview-Process-Length.png

 

Longest Lasting Job Vacancies

Health Service……….………….49 days to fill

Finance……………..….…………..42 days to fill

Government………….…………..36 days to fill

Education…………….……………35 days to fill

Information Technology…….32 days to fill

 
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