Survey: Job Candidates Lose Interest in Slow Hiring Processes

Robert Half recently released the results of its (Canadian) ‘Time to Hire’ survey in a post entitled, Are You Taking Too Long To Hire? Intrigued by the headline, I clicked the article to read more.

As someone with direct experience in this job market, I wondered:

Will the results surprise me? Sadly, they didn’t.

But, hopefully, the publishing of these results will make a difference in hiring. Hopefully, it’ll lead to recruitment streamlining in various organizations.

For the survey, researchers “explored worker sentiment about the job search process, specifically their views about the timeframe between setting up the initial interview and receiving the job offer.”

What did they find? Something you might already know.

A lengthy recruitment and selection process turns candidates away from hiring companies.

You might’ve often heard “timing is everything.” And, these results show its significance in the recruitment process as well.

Many have been emphasizing the challenge of finding quality applicants for available positions. What I must add to this is: companies are missing the opportunity of bringing on quality employees with prolonged hiring processes.


“When faced with a lengthy hiring process, 46 per cent of survey respondents lose interest and pursue other roles, while 16 per cent decide to stay put in their current job. Nearly two-in-five (39 per cent) said a protracted hiring process makes them question the organization’s ability to make other decisions.”

Robert Half Canada Time to Hire Survey
Time to Hire Survey Infographic Provided Courtesy of Robert Half.

It’s safe to conclude: First impressions aren’t only important for job seekers, but for employers also. Greg Scileppi, Canadian President, Robert Half International Staffing Operations, says:

“The hiring process is a company’s opportunity to make a good first impression on potential employees, and is reflective of overall corporate culture.”

If employers don’t make the best impression, they risk the loss of attracting skilled talent. They should value timely hiring processes, which includes satisfactory response timeframes.

I’ve said something similar before, and you might agree; employers benefit from more qualified professionals in their candidate pools, when efficient processes are in place.

Candidates (and applicants) are no longer waiting around – for lengthy periods – to hear from employers with drawn out processes. I say this from the perspective of someone who’s moved on – a few times – because of a lack of focus, communication, and engagement.

Scrileppi recommends several ways to better hiring efforts, including:

  • Determining the Need.
  • Gathering the Stakeholders.
  • Interviewing Candidates.
  • Keeping Communication Lines Open.
  • Making the Offer.

Altogether, this Robert Half survey presents a critical issue for Canada and other countries around the world which is: employers are taking too long to hire, and it’s costing them prospective new hires.

Job search processes and timelines are lengthy and full of waiting nowadays. These processes and hiring methods can definitely be more efficient; so, it won’t hurt management and human resources professionals to take into account this survey’s results and Scileppi’s recommendations.

I won’t deny the importance of a thorough hiring process. Hiring managers shouldn’t hire too fast. But, they must be careful with those prolonged recruitment periods, if they’re interested in recruiting the best hires.

No job seeker wants to be treated like cattle. And, many move on from slow hiring companies – continuing their searches for employment.

You can check out the full article by clicking the link below:

Robert Half Media, Are You Taking Too Long to Hire? │ Robert Half – Canada