Study: Job interview process is getting longer

WASHINGTON — Wonder why it’s taking so long to interview for that dream job? It’s not you, it’s them.

As MarketWatch reports, the job interview process took an average of 23 days last year, up from 13 days five years ago, according to Glassdoor, a career website MarketWatch cited.

“Personal characteristics of job seekers — including gender, age and highest level of education — have zero statistical effect on interview lengths,” the report stated. “All of the recent growth in hiring processes appears to be driven entirely by economy-wide shifts in the composition of employers, job titles, hiring industries, and company HR policies.”

The percentage of job seekers reporting background checks grew from 25 percent in 2010 to 42 percent in 2014. Skills tests grew from 16 percent to 23 percent; drug tests grew from 13 to 23 percent; and personality tests grew from 12 percent to 18 percent, MarketWatch reported.

At 128 days, police officers had the longest interview process. Patent examiners had to wait 88 days.

Conversely, servers and bartenders endured six days of interviews, the data show. Dishwashers and shift leaders waited seven days.

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