CXR Research: How Long Does Recruiting Actually Take?

At one point, almost every Talent and Acquisition leader has asked the question, how long does recruiting actually take? With several different moving parts in TA, successfully quantifying time management isn’t as easy as tracking the amount of time it takes to close a requisition. To garner a better understanding of how, and most importantly where, TA individuals spend their time, we surveyed our CXR community. This comprehensive survey deconstructed time distribution for sourcers, recruiters, coordinators, leadership, operations, recruitment marketers, and TA analysts.

While it probably didn’t take a benchmark survey to know that sourcers spend most of their time sourcing, this survey did reveal that sourcers surprisingly spend a significant amount of time screening and interviewing candidates. Likewise, recruiters also spend a substantial amount of time screening and interviewing candidates, but a little less of their time is spent sourcing candidates compared to that a sourcer.

Coordinators, on the other hand, spend a considerable amount of time posting jobs, scheduling candidates, and preparing offers. Though their role is spent managing personnel, budgets, and forecasting, leadership spends a vast majority of their time generating reports and attending meetings.

TA operations spend a large bulk of their time on onboarding activities, as well as attending meetings. Marketers spent a lot of time in meetings and finally analysts spend the vast majority of their time generating and analyzing reports.  

The fully comprehensive benchmark report is available to all CXR members in our Research Library

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Chris Hoyt

A veteran of recruiting and HR, Hoyt is a sought-after speaker with presentations including national conferences with SHRM, LinkedIn, HR Technology, ERE and others in the USA as well as UNLEASH, iRecruit, Australasian Talent Conference and more abroad. Chris has been promoting and leading full scale and enterprise-wide integrations of social media and mobile marketing within workforce strategies for his entire career. His expertise and passion for interactive/social recruiting, candidate experience, and both national and international recruiting strategies are all areas that Hoyt now leverages as co-owner and President at CareerXroads, a Recruiting/Staffing consulting and think tank organization that works with corporate leaders from around the world to break out of traditional recruitment practices and push the envelope in an effort to win the ongoing war for top talent.

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