Poll: Have you been put off taking a job because of a long recruitment process?

When the process drags on, some candidates might question if it is worth the wait.

By Laura Roddy Reporter, Fora

YOU COMPLETE AN online test, followed by a phone call with a human resources manager, then an interview with your boss-to-be and then a Skype call with her boss based in a fancy US office.

It’s all over and you breathe a sigh of relief, only to be told the business is going to offer you a week-long trial.

Recruitment processes can be on the long side. Sometimes that’s a good thing for the employer who needs to make sure the candidate they are hiring is the right fit for the role. Yet in a tight market, losing out on talent is far from ideal.

Survey results released today by IrishJobs.ie show that 90% of employers have experienced a candidate dropping out of an interview process in the last 12 months.

The majority of employers said the candidate dropped out because they were offered another job in the process.

Three-quarters of employers said their interview process took a month or two, but some job seekers have found it can last between one and five months.

Orla Moran, general manager of Irishjobs.ie said the recruitment length “should be a key consideration during the process”.

“There is a fine line between taking enough time to identify the best candidates and taking too much time to make a decision,” she said.

Keeping this in mind, we are asking Fora readers this week: Have you been put off taking a job because of a long recruitment process?