Publication Date: June 1, 2016
According to research from CEB, the average time to fill a job increased by 62 percent for large global organizations between 2010 and 2015 – with the average time-to-hire for white-collar positions taking 68 business days, which is 26 days longer than it took in 2010.
A common delay in the hiring process is when applicants’ resumes just sit in an inbox without being touched for days or weeks. If a manager and recruiter aren’t communicating properly, that causes a drastic delay in hiring. According to Matt Doucette, director of global talent acquisition for Monster, the lack of communication between a recruiter and hiring manager can be “the single most common reason it takes longer than usual to fill an opening.”
Other possible hiring delays include: increased use of pre-hire screening tools; longer interviews with more people; more focus on passive applicants; and too many fish in the sea.
There is no standard ideal time-frame for all industries. Every organization needs to decide for themselves.
Here are five steps HR can follow to help streamline the hiring process:
- Set your own benchmarks
- Put time-to-fill in the proper context
- Engage in workforce planning
- Partner with hiring managers
- Build your pipeline