Think you are beholden to the whim of a company to determine interview duration? Think again!
In a new Glassdoor study, our researchers looked at 25 countries around the world and show the latest trends in hiring duration. Among U.S. cities, the slowest hiring processes are found in Washington, D.C. (33.2 days), home of many federal government agencies. The fastest hiring processes are found in Kansas City, Kansas (16.9 days), a hub for rail transportation, manufacturing and distribution.
The U.S. industries with the longest interview processes are Government (53.8 days), Aerospace & Defense (32.6 days) and Energy & Utilities (28.8 days). The sectors with the shortest interview processes are Restaurants & Bars (10.2 days), Private Security (11.6 days) and Supermarkets (12.3 days).
This gives you the inside track on how long an interview process should take. If you're an informed candidate, you should move through an interview process faster and a good company that really wants you should find ways to remove hurdles and unnecessary bottlenecks that may cause you to decline an offer.
While companies themselves do appear to have substantial control the length of interview processes and the style of the interview, if you are an informed candidate you'll know how to spot the red flags and address them head on.
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This article originally appeared on Glassdoor.