Hiring & Recruiting

Infographic: Interviewees Frustrated by Lack of Follow-Up

Timing is everything, the saying goes, and for firms trying to hire it could make the difference between securing the candidate and losing out. For almost six in 10 workers (57%) in a Robert Half survey, the most frustrating part of the job search is the long wait after an interview to hear if they got the job.

Nearly one-quarter (23%) lose interest in the firm if they don’t hear back within 1 week after the initial interview; another 46% lose interest if there’s no status update from 1-to-2 weeks post-interview.

Robert Half’s “Time to Hire” survey 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. More than 1,000 U.S. workers currently employed in office environments were surveyed by an independent research firm for the study.

The infographic below showcases further findings from this survey. Click on the image for a larger view.

Time to hire survey results

  • Maggie M.

    I had a great interview for a wonderful job more than three weeks ago. The in-house recruiter found me and was really excited that she found someone with my experience and education. It’s a great job and I was told that my background was head and shoulders above other candidates.

    After two weeks went by with no word, I emailed the recruiter to ask if there was any news. No response. I fully agree that candidates lose interest when lots of time goes by with no status update. I always wonder if everything at the company will be the same. Will performance appraisals be overdue? Will raises be late? Will important information necessary to do the job be held up?

    Wake up employers! Your best potential employees are slipping through your fingers so stop wondering why!