Skip to comments.How to Deal With a Long Hiring Process: Getting a job takes longer than ever
Posted on 01/20/2016 7:11:30 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Getting a job takes longer than ever, as employers ask more of candidates.
It has never been easy to land a job, but a rise in hiring has added a new twist: Employers are taking nearly twice as long to hire people as they did several years ago.
Companies need an average of 23 days to screen and hire new employees, up from 13 days in 2010, says Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at the jobs and recruiting site Glassdoor, based on a study of nearly 350,000 interview reviews by the site's users. Applicants run a gantlet of multiple interviews not only with bosses but with teams of prospective co-workers. Also, more people are being asked to submit business plans or face a battery of personnel tests.
Employers are trying to avoid costly mistakes. Getting a new hire up to speed can take six months to a year, and replacing one who fails can wreck a tight budget. Finding the best candidates requires assembling a large, diverse pool, says David Orr, vice president, human resources, at Osram Sylvania, Wilmington, Mass., a lighting designer and manufacturer.
For job seekers, performing well during decision-making marathons requires a thick skin and new skills. Some get frustrated or blame themselves for delays in the hiring process. "It can be debilitating. It goes on and on," says Carole Osterer, Wayland, Mass., who completed a job search late last year. A human-resources manager at one employer called her with glowing comments. A month later, he called to say the company wasn't interested after all. After another month, he reversed himself again and asked her to interview, says Ms. Osterer, a university research administrator. She did the interviews but never heard from the employer again.
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That’s what happens when you have to prove to the Federal Government that you turned over every rock looking for minority candidates, interviewed them all, and can provide a 250 page written thesis explaining your decision if you decide to hire a non-minority candidate.
...that and the ever growing population of “human resources” officers making sure their rice bowls remain full and positions secured. Never saw such lazy make work good for nothings outside municipal government workers.
HR and lawyers have choked the process to the point that Jesus Christ would be turned down for an entry level job by not passing the battery of personality tests and star chamber interviews.
The personality tests are a freaking JOKE. Some of the choices have two really ridiculous answers and you are asked to choose which of them you would perform (would you do this or this in that situation?) when you would never do either. I find it highly demeaning.
I’m retired...after all those years busting my butt, I’m finally retired. Got up at 8:30 this morning instead of the usual 5:00 a.m. Evil H.R. directors are in my past, now.
Ho hum. Guess I’ll go to youtube & watch “Royals” by Lorde; Millenials’ national anthem of hope and change.
I'm a hiring manager and that's not too far from the truth!
Which says more about the group-think ineptitude of today's companies seeking hard working, productive, and efficient staff, than it does about the candidates they may or may not hire.
HR departments are run by absolute morons out there these days. Actual hiring managers never get to see all the resumes sent in for openings. They are first screened for race, ethnicity, age, gender alternatives, welfare to work credits, etc.........
It's pathetic. A joke.
“I’m a hiring manager and that’s not too far from the truth!”
Could you please elaborate?
They are the absolute dumbest people I've ever dealt with. I'm assuming this affliction has overtaken their thought processes due to their joyful desire to join in with the federal government in their hiring choices.
Amen. And some of the laziest, most PC people on the planet. They serve roughly the same function in ObaMao's Amerika as the Commissars did in the old Soviet Union.
That seems a bit excessive when all I would want is someone to help with building something or someone to help with bookkeeping and advertising.
In the past, such a comprehensive arrangement would seem kinda feudal, but today it's futile because the lord, so to speak, is no longer the business owner seeking help, but instead it's the person hired to help the business, all by rule of GuvCo mandate.
Not mentioned are drug tests and background/credit checks that resemble security clearance checks.
I work for a very large, nationwide construction contractor. I called about the job on a Thursday, had an interview on the following Tuesday. They made an offer that Thursday, and I started on Monday.
It doesn’t always take a long time, even with megacorporate places.
Unless you are an elected official. A janitor has to pass a drug, alchohol, credit, criminal, and lifestyle, background check these days.
Running for president............Not so much!
We are friends with the HR director at the local public hospital. He says that about one-third of the applicants for all positions (including nurses, technicians, etc.) either fail the drug test or have disqualifying criminal records.
One upside to this is that we do very thorough background checks and this weeds out a lot of candidates. I do feel bad for those who might have had a blemish on their past because it pretty much keeps them from having an opportunity to work in our company - even though they may be upstanding people today.
I told my children when they were growing up to stay away from drugs and stay out of trouble. All it takes is one mistake to basically ruin your employment prospects.
Silly Job Interview - Monty Python
I've got daughters who are a lawyer and an architect. If they were an electrician or a plumber they could go anywhere and pull in 100K at the drop of a hat. Instead they go through a gauntlet of PC processes that are insulting as a free person.
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