Why Does Hiring Have to Take So Long?

Short answer: It doesn’t!

Sad answer: For most companies today, it’s getting worse.

Scary answer: Your company is at risk of falling into the Unfilled Positions Vortex.


competitive hiring marketAccording to a well-known Glassdoor study, the average length of the employee hiring process doubled from 2010 to 2015, from 12 to 23 days. It’s even worse for tech companies.

Why is this trend bad for companies like yours that want to hire the best candidates?

Because in a competitive hiring market, you’re more likely to miss out on your top choices if your process drags out. Even if your job pays well and is the perfect fit, your top choice will choose another company if you don’t have an efficient and professional hiring process.

Also, a sluggish employee hiring process means your other employees have to pick up the slack for the empty position. When they have to do extra work for months instead of weeks, you’re at risk of burning them out and finding yourself with even more empty positions.

The problem worsens.

If this gets out of hand, your whole business can spiral downward as empty positions multiply. We call this the Unfilled Positions Vortex. Good people disappear in the vortex, and good companies fall into disarray and oblivion. You don’t want to get lost in the vortex.
How to Stand Out in a Competitive Hiring Market:

Set a goal to have a two-week employee hiring process.

But how can you hire well and still hire this fast?
Read the rest of the article to find out:

Why Hiring Is Taking Longer and Longer

Long Hiring ProcessCompanies are nervous. With more and more highly-skilled and technical positions in need of workers, the stakes are higher. Getting the wrong person can sink critical business goals and expansion plans.

So, more and more companies are injecting more safeguards and layers into their hiring processes. Here are just a few:

  • Phone interviews – these add on average 8 days to your process
  • One on one interviews – add 5 more days
  • Presentations
  • Group panels
  • IQ intelligence tests
  • Personality tests
  • Job skills tests
  • Drug tests
  • Background checks
  • Reference checks
  • Lions and tigers and bears, oh my

Can these methods be helpful and effective, and sometimes necessary? Yes!

But isn’t it inevitable that doing all these steps will make the hiring process take longer? It sure seems like hiring well must take longer than hiring poorly. The truth is – it doesn’t have to.

But if you keep dragging your process out, you will lose out on the best people. Some companies go through their whole process, finally choose their new hire, only to learn the person has taken a position at another company. Time to start over! It’s like running back a kickoff for a touchdown, only to have it called back because of a penalty. Arrgh!

It doesn’t have to be that way.

You can actually incorporate all those steps listed above, and still hire within two to four weeks.

PainLess Hire’s goal is to fill your position within two weeks. We don’t always hit that goal, but we do consistently outpace company hiring timelines by about two weeks. If you take six weeks, we will probably do it in four.


Innovative Recruitment and Selection ProcessBecause we take care of almost every item on that list up above. Unlike your staff, which has many other things to worry about, hiring your best people is all we do. We devote all our time to it.

  • We do your first round of phone interviews. It does not take us 8 days.
  • We use a proven proprietary skills and personality testing process, which is how we can guarantee your satisfaction with your new hire.
  • We also do the reference and background checks once you’ve made your final choice.

In other words, we take care of crucial portions of the modern day employee hiring process so you get to hire your best choices – but also do it fast. You can hire better AND faster. And you can do it with much less frustration than you’re sure to experience if you keep doing it like everyone else. We will save you from the Unfilled Positions Vortex.

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