It is taking longer and longer to get hired.
New research from Glassdoor finds that for the first half of 2017, the average hiring time was 23.7 days. This is almost a full day longer than the 2014 average of 22.9 days. And in some industries, hiring is taking a lot longer than that. Getting a government job takes an average of nearly two months — 53.8 days. Aerospace and defense jobs also take more than a month (32.6 days), with energy, biotech, nonprofits and many other categories not far behind.
This may sound daunting if you’re a job seeker, but there are steps you can take to speed things up. Here are three ways to get hired — faster.
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Help your dream employer help you.
Hiring managers are usually overwhelmed with their day jobs. Interviewing is another item on their to-do list that they simply don’t have a lot of time for. As a result, managers can be distracted and uninformed. They won’t have time to read your resume. They’ll be running late for your meeting and under pressure to wrap the conversation up sooner than you might like. And remember — often the role they’re looking to fill has been open for a while and there is a pressing need — so they are simultaneously a little bit desperate.
The best thing for you in this situation is to help do the hiring manager’s job for him or her. Guide the conversation. Get right to the point — have your elevator pitch prepared. And have talking points ready that explain exactly why you’re a great fit for the position based on the job description you read and how you match all or most of it. In addition, it pays to think through and emphasize examples of your past performance that relate clearly to the job you’re interviewing for.
Review the employer’s values statement on its website and volunteer the reasons why you and the organization are a match in terms of culture and soft skills. Show you’ve done your homework by offering ideas and observations about how the company might improve or do things differently.
Finally, don’t hesitate to ask questions about the role if the conversation meanders. Have a set of possible questions ready in advance to help drive the discussion. You may need them, especially if the interviewer is less than prepared.
Have your references ready to go.
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