You know that scene in the movies where the scrappy protagonist interviews at her dream company and gets offered the job on the spot? I hate to be the one to break it to you, but that's just a fantasy.
In reality, it goes something like this: phone interview, in-person interview, skills test, group interview, presentation, phone call with verbal offer, official offer letter and *scene*.
Yes, the interview process can be exhausting, and it's also getting longer: The average hiring time is now 23.8 days, up from 22.9 days in 2014, according to a study by Glassdoor.
And for some industries, that number is much, much higher.
Industries with Longest Interview Process
1. Government, 53.8 days
2. Aerospace & Defense, 32.6 days
3. Energy & Utilities, 28.8 days
4. Biotech & Pharmaceuticals, 28.1 days
5. Nonprofit, 25.2 days
6. Media & Publishing, 25.2 days
7. Travel & Tourism, 25.1 days
8. Farming & Agriculture, 24.9 days
9. Manufacturing, 24.6 days
10. Internet & Tech, 24.4 days
The study, which looked at nearly 84,000 anonymous interview reviews shared on their site from January to June of this year, points to the skill level needed, as well as additional screening methods for the slowness of the process.
If those timeframes seem too intense, here are the industries that will make an offer within a couple of weeks.
Industries with Shortest Interview Process
1. Restaurants & Bars, 10.2 days
2. Private Security, 11.6 days
3. Supermarkets, 12.3 days
4. Automotive, 12.7 days
5. Beauty & Fitness, 13.2 days
6. Consumer Services, 13.5 days
7. Marketing & Advertising, 14.9 days
8. Recruiting & Staffing, 14.9 days
9. Retail, 15.2 days
10. Facilities, 16.0 days
The plus side to all this is that after several interviews and screenings, both you and the company should have a pretty good idea if it's going to be the right fit. In the meantime, it might be a good time to invest in a second interview outfit.