As anyone who has applied/is applying for jobs will tell you, the process seems to take longer than it should. You apply…and wait. Phone screen…and wait. Face-to-face interview…and wait. Reference check…and wait. You get the picture. The whole process seems to take such a long time, sometimes well over a month, thus causing frustration of not knowing the status of your candidacy.
As anyone who is hiring/has hired in the past will tell you, they try to push the process through as quickly as possible. They post the opportunity for only two weeks in order to move quickly. Review resumes and get the hiring committee together to decide who to phone screen. Complete the screening process quickly and reconvene the group to evaluate who to invite for face-to-face interviews. Then, arrange internal managers’ schedules with candidate availability – then go through a full-day of interviews with each applicant. Finally, get the group together and make final decisions, complete reference check, get all the higher ups to sign off and then offer to the candidate. To do this in just 2-3 weeks, plus two more weeks to collect the resumes, is like moving at warp speed when viewed through the eyes of an employer.
Same timeline, different viewpoints. What is Usain Bolt fast for one group seems sun dial long for the other. Next time you are in the midst of a job search, try to take a breath and see the process from the viewpoint of the employer. And the next time you are hiring, be cognizant of the viewpoint of the applicant and honor time commitments (i.e. We will let you know by Friday) and stay in communication with top prospects in order to keep all parties excited and engaged in the process.
God created the world in seven days, just seemed like a million years to us.