How many interviews do you need?

What is the optimum number of stages for the recruitment process? This question came to mind reading a recent article in the New York Times, which described in graphic detail how protracted and long-winded the recruitment process has become in the US.

According to Catherine Rampell’s article, eight or nine rounds of interviews, multiple presentations and a raft of other time-consuming activities have become the norm as cautious employers prevaricate over adding to headcount. No surprise then, that the average time to fill a vacancy in the US stands at 23 days, up from 15 in 2009.

In February, research by Randstad found that the average number of interviews conducted by UK employers before hiring has risen significantly over the past five years, from 1.6 to 2.4 for junior roles and 2.6 to 3.4 for senior positions.

However, a conversation with the managing director of research and development tax credit specialist Jumpstart, suggests that it is not the number of stages in the process that is important but their content and design….

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