Recruitment process shortens as firms hire staff faster

Almost half of employers are reducing the length of time they spend on their recruitment process, in order to hire new staff quickly. 

As part of its Understanding Talent Series, totaljobs’ research found that 46% of employers said they have reduced the duration of time it takes to recruit a candidate, as the challenge to source top talent increases.

59% of employers say they take less than two weeks between the role being advertised to the first round of interviews, with 92% making an offer in a week or less after the interview process.

A further 28% of employers have shortened the hiring process as the length of time it was taking to hire was putting candidates off, preventing businesses from recruiting the best talent.

The survey of over 3,000 jobseekers and 100 employers also found that technology has played a role in shortening interviews - 10% of employers conduct interviews over Skype, and 25% use psychometric testing.

However, there remains a disparity with the use of technology as just under half (47%) of employers say their company websites and application processes are optimised for mobile, contrasting with 70% of jobseekers who use their smartphone to find a new job.

A mismatch between how candidates find roles and how companies advertise them was evident, as just 15% of jobseekers use corporate websites to source new jobs yet 84% of employers use their company website to advertise available roles.

In addition, over half (53%) of recruiters use professional networking sites to hire, but around a quarter (24%) of candidates use the same method. Rather, over half (57%) of jobseekers use generalist job boards to seek work, as do 59% of employers. 15% use recommendations from friends or family, and 18% use social media.

John Salt, Director at totaljobs, comments: “Whilst tech is playing an increasingly vital role in talent attraction and recruitment, it’s surprising to note that less than half of employers have mobile optimised sites.

“With employers cutting the length of their attraction and recruitment process to draw in the best talent, the role that technology plays in delivering a more agile experience will continue to grow in significance. At totaljobs its core to our approach to invest in our tech and products, and deliver on jobseeker and employer demands. Helping candidates find the jobs they love and employers hire the talent they need – fast – is essential, especially as the candidate market continues to tighten.”

Comments (1)
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 5:12pm GMT
Paula Thompson
This is very good news! With candidates having multiple job offers and being snapped up, employers do need to move quickly!
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