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How long, on average, does the recruiting process take?

 
#1 How long, on average, does the recruiting process take?
06/09/2004 14:46

chef

I have a question for those who have been though the whole recruiting process with major consulting firms?

How long has it taken you from sending your CV to signing your contract? Also how many interviews? TIA for your answer

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#2 Re: How long, on average, does the recruiting process take?
08/09/2004 11:40

Mish

Hi! In my case the whole process was pretty quick. I had applied for Accenture one week, was invited to an interview the following week, then invited back for a second interview the week after that. I was then offered the job two days later! In answer to your second question the norm for major consultancies is at least two interviews / assessments. Good luck.

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#3 Re: How long, on average, does the recruiting process take?
09/09/2004 04:24

cjf93

I have to disagree with Mish. The process is not only Firm dependent but also, position dependent and recruiter dependent.

I have worked at Bain, ATK and KPMG (in the old-old days) and had different experiences each time around.

The best firms (McK, Bain and BCG)can get through the process in 3-4 weeks as part of the annual entry level and MBA recruiting process.

Unsolicitored approaches can vary considerably e.g. my direct experience included 2 weeks as a Manager with ATK and coming up 4 months with Deloitte as a Director). The Deloitte role has been a complete balls-up as a huge number of people appear to be involved yet they are not talking to each other.

My advice is to keep pushing until they either say "yes we want you", or no "please go away".

What candidates really want is an honest and timely feedback on where they sit in the process, what the next steps will be and when they will be completed.

Ciao and good luck

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#4 Re: How long, on average, does the recruiting process take?
09/09/2004 04:33

HR Manager - Hotel

There are a number of factors that might influence the alacrity with which recruitment consultancies respond. Genrally speaking, when your skills are on a "Critical Skills" list, the whole process (ad response/interviews-consultancy + prospective employer/short-listing/offer)should not exceed two weeks.

If you are not a "hot" prospect, you may receive an automated response within a day or two and, if the consultancy is reasonably professional, a regret email two weeks later.

With less professional agencies, you may never hear anything.In a larger city, where I knew of approximately 800 recruitment consultancies (City Statistics), only a handful could be recommended. Most of the others were out for a fast buck placement and unsuitable CVs got lost in Cyberspace or a dustbin.

It pays to read consultancy websites or speak to consultants personally, to get an understanding of how they operate. You could also visit their offices, like a "Mystery Shopper" and assess their level of customer service. This might be an additional indicator of how they might treat applicants and speed of response.

Taking into consideration that 70% of vacancies are not advertised, it pays to approach employers directly - but get some coaching in doing it in an effective way - otherwise you may run into closed doors.

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#5 Re: How long, on average, does the recruiting process take?
10/09/2004 09:56

Dan

This is a question that many recruiters often ask themselves!!

It really does depend on the level of the role and whether or not the recruiter has a relationship that can make hiring managers meet the candidate at the same time as opposed to in 2 or 3 seperate interviews.

I guess on average you are looking at 1-2 months although I have personally had the whole process licked in a week and on the flip side I have had it drag for 4 months.

It also depends on how badly they need your specific skill sets.

Work with a good recruiter who can tell you his relationship with the client and how many people he places with them.

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