According to data released by Randstad, both job seekers and employers in the UK say the job interview process has lengthened since 2008.
Over the past five years, survey respondents indicated:
- 23% increase in the time it takes job seekers to secure a new role (10 weeks, 5 days vs. 8 weeks, 5 days)
- Job interview time has increased by 1.5 hours – measured in actual interview time as well as interview prep
- More than twice as many jobs requiring pre-employment testing or assessment, which contributes to the slower hiring process
- More employers requiring multiple interviews
Below is an infographic from CareerBright highlighting the rest of the findings:
These findings mirror reports from US job seekers as well, who cite longer job searches, more multiple interview situations, and an overall slowdown in the hiring process.