For job seekers around the world, reaching the promised land of employment is taking more time than ever.
A new report from employer-rater Glassdoor found that the job application timeline — from starting your application to getting the offer — is getting longer globally.
Based on over 80,000 interview reviews on its site in 2017, Glassdoor found that the average interview process around the world takes 23.7 days, one day longer than the site’s estimate in 2016.
But here’s the good news: A longer interview process means that a company is probably playing for keeps, and it will be harder to lose your job.
India has shortest interview process; Brazil and France have longest
In some parts of the world, the job application race to the finish line is longer than in others. If you want to get hired soon, move to India. India had the shortest interview process out of the 25 countries surveyed with its average timeline from “apply” to “yes, you’re hired” taking 16.1 days. Israel wasn’t far behind, with 16.9 days, followed by Romania at 19.2 days.
Some theories: Romania’s quick timeline may be due to a lack of bureaucracy holding up hires. As one German entrepreneur noted in an article for ZDNet, starting a startup there was much easier than in Silicon Valley because overhead and salaries in Romania are about a quarter of those in the San Francisco. As for Israel, maybe there’s a strong demand for jobs filled out yesterday as industries grow at rapid rates? According to the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, high-tech sectors are the fastest-growing industries in Israel.
If you enjoy twiddling your thumbs as you wait for your recruiter to remember your existence, move to Brazil, France, and Switzerland, the countries with the longest interview processes. (Washington DC made an appearance too, which isn’t surprising because of the strict hiring bureaucracy of the US government.)
Glassdoor suspects that labor laws play a big factor. France, for example, does not do at-will employment like the United States does, which may be why it takes about 15 more days to get hired in France than the U.S. Because workers are hard to fire, even for underperformance, French companies need to be more careful about who they hire. This paradox is also why new French president Emmanuel Macron has faced plummeting popularity levels: one of his stated goals is to reform the country’s labor market to allow quicker hires and fires, which is an unpopular idea with voters.
“Glassdoor’s study found that the more regulatory hurdles companies face within their local labor markets, the more difficult it will be to hire — and fire — employees, directly impacting how long it takes to fill open roles,” Glassdoor’s chief economist, Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, said in a statement.
Here are the cities with the longest interview processes. And the shortest.