Sixty-percent of job seekers can expect to participate in three or more interviews with prospective employers before getting an offer, a Right Management survey reveals.
Most job seekers have at least two (34%) or three (39%) interviews. As many as 20% have been asked to come in for four or more interviews. Only 3% of job seekers receive one interview.
"Employers are carefully assessing prospective employees in order to select the best from the larger pool of candidates available," comments Melvin Scales, senior VP of global solutions for Right Management. "But the number of interviews does not seem excessive. In any case, a job candidate doesn't want to sabotage his or her opportunity by failing to prepare. Make the most of an interview by doing your research and being prepared to talk about how you can make a difference in the organization."
The survey found that:
- The more senior the role, the more interviews. Twenty-seven percent of C-level and VP-level candidates can expect four or more interviews.
- Older workers participate in three times more interviews. Forty-eight percent of those 55 and older receive four or more interviews compared to 18% of those between the ages of 25 and 34.
- Women participate in more interviews. Sixty-five percent of women get three or more interviews compared to 61% of men.