Interview process now averages 22 days: Report

June 18, 2015

By Canadian HR Reporter |

On average, it now takes a job candidate 22 days to go through the interview process in Canada, compared to 12 days in 2010, according to Glassdoor Research.

However, Canada has a shorter hiring time when compared to the United States (22.9 days), Australia (27.9 days), the United Kingdom (28.6 days), Germany (28.8 days) and France (31.9 days).

For employers with 10 to 49 employees, candidates experienced a hiring process that took between 15.2 and 16.9 days across the U.S., Canada and the U.K. For comparison, for employers with more than 100,000 employees, candidates experienced a hiring process that took between 23.0 and 36.1 days across these three countries.

The report, Why is Hiring Taking Longer?, spans six countries and presents a statistical analysis of trends in hiring times based on interview reviews from job candidates who shared their experiences on Glassdoor (with roughly 14,600 job interview reviews posted by Canadian job seekers).

It evaluated four key areas: average hiring process in the past year, changes over time, factors that have contributed to delays, and why changes occurred. In addition to differences by country, the study looked at these four areas by company size, job title, metro location and sector.

After controlling for economic factors that changed during this period, including the mix of industries, jobs and geographic areas, the interview duration has grown, on average, between 3.3 to 3.7 days since 2010, said Glassdoor.

Jobs that take the longest to for candidates to go through the hiring process were typically government, academic or senior executive positions. In the U.S., police officers report the longest process (127.6 days), followed by patent examiners (87.6 days), assistant professors (58.7 days), senior vice-presidents (55.5 days) and program analysts (51.8 days).

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