Publication Date: June 01, 2016

According to research from CEB, the average time to fill a job increased by 62 percent for large global organizations between 2010 and 2015 – with the average time-to-hire for white-collar positions taking 68 business days, which is 26 days longer than it took in 2010.

A common delay in the hiring process is when applicants’ resumes just sit in an inbox without being touched for days or weeks. If a manager and recruiter aren’t communicating properly, that causes a drastic delay in hiring. According to Matt Doucette, director of global talent acquisition for Monster, the lack of communication between a recruiter and hiring manager can be “the single most common reason it takes longer than usual to fill an opening.”

Other possible hiring delays include: increased use of pre-hire screening tools; longer interviews with more people; more focus on passive applicants; and too many fish in the sea.

There is no standard ideal time-frame for all industries. Every organization needs to decide for themselves.

Here are five steps HR can follow to help streamline the hiring process:

  1. Set your own benchmarks
  2. Put time-to-fill in the proper context
  3. Engage in workforce planning
  4. Partner with hiring managers
  5. Build your pipeline

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