Recruiting lag: You might be taking too long to hire

Timing is everything, the saying goes, and for firms trying to hire it could make the difference between securing the candidate and losing out. For 57% of workers responding to a Robert Half survey, the most frustrating part of the job search is the long wait after an interview to hear if they got the job.

Nearly one-quarter (23%) said they lose interest in the firm if they don’t hear back within one week after the initial interview. Another 46% lose interest if there’s no status update from one-to-two weeks post-interview.

Hiring managers who fail to make timely decisions face a number of consequences, most notably losing candidates.

When faced with a lengthy hiring process, 39% of survey respondents lose interest and pursue other roles, while 18% decide to stay put in their current jobs.

Nearly one-third (32%) said a protracted hiring process makes them question the organization’s ability to make other decisions. “If people feel their career potential will be stifled by a slow-moving organization, they will take themselves out of the running,” said Paul McDonald, senior executive director of Robert Half.

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From interview to offer, how long is too long?