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It's taking longer than ever to get hired, Glassdoor survey shows


U.S. employers added 209,000 jobs in July, a second straight month of robust gains that underscore the economy's vitality as it enters a ninth year of expansion. (Aug. 4) AP - Job seekers should prepare for a lengthy interview process — landing a new gig has never taken longer.

Despite the low unemployment rate, which dropped from 4.4% to 4.3% last month, many would-be employees remain frustrated with longer-than-ever wait times throughout the hiring process.For the first half of 2017, the average hiring time (from start to finish of the interview process) has been 23.8 days, according to a new study by Glassdoor, an employment website that allows both employees and employers to review companies, jobs and interview practices.

That number is up almost a full day more compared with 2014’s average of 22.9 days, and it gets longer depending on the industry. “Hiring times for more sophisticated jobs always take longer than they do for lower-skilled jobs,” said Andrew Chamberlain Glassdoor’s chief economist. “They’re not as much on the line for lower-level jobs.”The study compiled data from nearly 84,000 interview surveys in the U.S. left on the site from Jan. 1 to June 13. FULL ARTICLE