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Hiring for New Jobs Is Getting Even Slower

Study finds interview process typically takes more than three weeks in U.S.

Why does it take so long to fill a job opening?

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You might be waiting by the phone a little longer to get that next job offer.

If you’re looking for a new job, it may seem like the grinding interview process takes … well, a long time.

A recent study indicates you’re not imagining things — and the issue is getting worse.

According to a report from jobs and recruiting company Glassdoor, it takes an average of 23.8 days in the United States to complete the interview process. That is up from 22.9 days in 2014, and the U.S. is actually on the shorter end of the scale among the countries Glassdoor surveyed. The slowest process was in Brazil, where the interview process takes 39.6 days.

Take a little closer look at those averages, and the hiring pendulum can swing even more wildly. For example, according to Glassdoor, Washington, D.C., is the slowest locale when it comes to hiring people in the U.S. It takes an average of 32.2 days to complete the interview process in Washington, or nearly 10 days more than the national average.

“While interviewing for one of the many government sector roles in Washington, D.C., job candidates could undergo several extra steps that lengthen the overall interview process, including additional written and verbal exams or background checks to secure various levels of security clearances, among other requirements,” Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist for Glassdoor, said in a statement.

Professors face the slowest interview process in the U.S., with an average of 60.3 days, the survey states. That compares with jobs that traditionally have high turnover rates, such as waiters (an average of eight days) or delivery drivers (8.5 days).

The long interview process has a direct impact on businesses and applicants, Chamberlain noted. “The longer it takes to hire, the greater the productivity loss for employers, and the longer money is left on the table waiting for potential candidates,” he said.

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