79% of job-seekers are turned-off a job/employer by a long recruitment process

29/6/2011

Australia

The length of the recruitment process and the person/s conducting the job interview/s have the biggest influence on a job-seekers’ opinion of a potential employer, according to a survey recently conducted by specialist professional recruitment consultancy Robert Walters.

The survey of almost 800 professionals, conducted to form the basis of Robert Walters’ upcoming whitepaper entitled ‘Managing your employer brand throughout the recruitment process’, found that 79% of job-seekers are turned-off a job/employer by a long recruitment process and 47% have withdrawn from a recruitment process because it was taking too long.

In addition, 77% of job-seekers said the person/s conducting the job interview/s had a strong or very strong influence on their opinion of a potential employer, and 45% have withdrawn from a recruitment process because they didn’t like the person/s conducting the job interview/s.

Robert Walters’ Managing Director – Australia, James Nicholson, says that these findings are consistent with feedback consultants regularly receive from candidates.

“As we progress through 2011, skills shortages are becoming apparent across a range of industries/professions and quality candidates often have multiple employment options to choose from. We’ve consistently seen that the organisations that are slow to make decisions or fail to properly sell the role/employment promise find it impacts their ability to attract the best talent available. As a result, it is critical that employers examine their recruitment processes to ensure they are streamlined and clearly defined, and that the people involved in the process are best equipped to represent the organisation in a positive light.”

In other findings, 77% of respondents believe that a full recruitment process (from applying for the job to receiving a written employment contract) should take less than one month; only 3% think it should take more than two months. The majority of respondents (71%) also believe they should only have to undertake two job interviews before receiving a job offer.

The upcoming whitepaper is the second in the Robert Walters Spotlight Series of whitepapers, which aims to examine talent management issues that have a critical impact on business performance. Download the whitepaper now.

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For more information please contact Renee Palmer on +61 2 8289 3203 or renee.palmer@robertwalters.com.au.