Glassdoor | Staff spend 5 months of their life at interviews

Staff spend 5 months of their life at interviews

The hiring process for a new role can take time; after all, the recruiter or hiring manager want to ensure that they find the best possible candidate for the job.

With likely processes including two face-to-face interviews and potentially an initial telephone screening, candidates are usually hopeful that they will be able to secure a new role within a few weeks.

It seems though that this isn’t the case. In fact, jobseekers in the UK spend around 27 days in an interview process when applying for a job, accumulating to almost a month of their time.

According to new data by Glassdoor, when considering that people move jobs on average around six times in their life, this will equate to over five months (162 days) spent in interview processes throughout their lifetime.

Those looking for new opportunities in consulting face the longest processes, with interviews at the Big Four averaging 55 days from first applying to receiving a decision.

This is followed by travel, where job hopefuls will face a lengthy process of 49 days, while those looking to embark on a career in investment banking will take on an interview process of 45 days. Known for its notoriously rigorous process, British Airways applicants will face the second-longest interview process at 59 days, where jobseekers will take part in psychometric tests, assessment centres and health and safety tests.

“The consulting industry, in particular the Big Four, are notorious for their challenging recruitment processes. Given all appeared in the UK’s Most In-Demand Companies for 2019, it’s clear that they can ask for a lot in the interview process without putting off potential jobseekers. In fact, candidates expect to be pushed,” said Jo Cresswell, Community Expert at Glassdoor.

“It is interesting to see that, on an industry level, interview duration correlates with interview difficulty, indicating that jobseekers are being put through their paces in the longer recruitment drives. This is ultimately a good thing for jobseekers, as previous research shows that more difficult job interviews are statistically linked to higher employee satisfaction.”

Check out some more of Glassdoor’s stats below:

UK Industries With The Longest & Most Difficult Interviews:


Average Interview Duration

Average Interview Difficulty


55 days

3.1 (out of 5)

Travel & Tourism

49 days

3.1 (out of 5)

Investment Banking

45 days

3.1 (out of 5)


40 days

3.1 (out of 5)


35 days

2.9 (out of 5)


31 days

2.9 (out of 5)


16 days

2.4 (out of 5)


10 days

1.9 (out of 5)

UK Companies With The Longest Interviews:


Average Interview Duration

Average Interview Difficulty


65 days

3.1 (out of 5)

British Airways

59 days

3.3 (out of 5)


54 days

3.4 (out of 5)

Goldman Sachs

54 days

3.1 (out of 5)


53 days

3.1 (out of 5)

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