In an effort to determine what the average UK job hunter thinks about the current job market and current recruitment methods and processes, StandOut CV conducted a survey of 1,000 active job seekers. This is what they found:
- The average candidate dedicates approximately 6.5 hours a week to their job hunt.
- In one week, the average job seeker applies for 16 jobs. However, in order to secure just one job interview, the average candidate needs to apply for around 27 jobs. That means it takes the average job seeker almost 2 weeks to land just one interview. Understandably, that means 56% of job seekers find the job hunting process stressful.
- A whopping 67% of job seekers cite “dealing with recruiters” as the toughest element of job hunting. While 40% cite “getting responses” to their applications. In fact, 43% believe they only have a fifty-fifty chance of getting a response to their application after they send it to a recruiter.
- When it comes to job advertising it would appear recruiters are doing a great job! 65% of job seekers believe most job adverts do enough to explain what skills and experience are required for the job.
- When they receive feedback from a recruiter on their CV, 58% of candidates find it very helpful. However, 76% of unsuccessful candidates rarely receive feedback from the recruiter. That’s why 89% of them think recruiters should be doing more to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants. Thankfully however, when it comes to feedback after an unsuccessful interview, 55% of candidates do usually receive feedback or some sort of notification.
- When it comes to arranging job interviews, the vast majority (76%) of applicants feel that recruiters provide them with enough information to prepare. However, 72% feel that recruiters are not understanding of their work commitments when arranging interview times.
- After arriving on time, the average candidate has to wait 14 minutes to start their job interview. But in most cases (81%) interviewers make an effort to make them feel comfortable and relaxed once they arrive.
- Most (54%) successful applicants are told they have gotten the job within one week of the interview. 36% are told within 2 days.
What can recruiters takes away from these results?
We need to improve our relationships with our candidates.
A large majority of job seekers are not happy with the service we provide them and it would appear that the main cause of that unhappiness is in recruiters’ lack of communication with them. Therefore, the easiest way we can improve these relationships is by making more of an effort to give all of our candidates feedback when they are unsuccessful in securing the role.
We are good at providing successful interview candidates with the feedback they deserve, but we often overlook those candidates who don’t make it to the interview stage. These candidates have spent time and effort filling out our application forms and writing lengthy cover letters. Respect their time. They have just as much right to be told why they didn’t progress in the recruitment process as those you met face to face. Acknowledging them will not only improve their candidate experience but it will also boost your employer brand. Yes, it will take you longer to do, but it is a positive step and a good habit to get into in the long run.
Overall, we run job interviews very well, but there is room for improvement.
With such a large number of candidates feeling that recruiters prepare them well for interviews, even more feeling that interviewers make an effort to make them feel comfortable, and the fact most candidates are only kept waiting for 14 minutes before being seen; we’re pleased to note that much of the interview process runs very smoothly. However, very few job seekers are happy with the flexibility recruiters offer when arranging job interviews particularly those who are changing jobs and still have work commitments to attend to. Again, this comes down to respecting candidates’ time. If you are dealing with a candidate who has a job, you need to be extra mindful of the times you arrange interviews for and be ready to be flexible.
We need to act fast if we want to secure the best candidate.
In most cases, successful candidates are offered the job within one week of their interview, but many others are offered the job within 2 days. This means that if a good candidate has attended an interview with your organisation and a rival organisation, if you do not snap them up fast, your competitor will.
Download the full StandOut CV survey here.