72% of legal professionals say a lengthy recruitment process puts them off a job, according to the latest Insight Series Whitepaper from recruitment specialists Robert Walters.
The whitepaper, entitled “Managing Your Employer Brand Throughout the Recruitment Process”, reveals that 70% expect a full recruitment process (from application to job offer) to take four weeks or less – but only 25% of employers say it takes this little time in reality.
During the process, 70% of legal professionals also expect a response within six days of applying for a job, while 65% expect a job offer after two interviews (96% expect a job offer after three interviews). But – despite these preferences – 88% have applied for a job and not received any feedback and 56% have been for a job interview and not been given any update on their performance.
Crucially, 91% of legal professionals also discuss their experiences of the recruitment process with friends and/or colleagues.
Colin Loth, Director of Legal Recruitment at Robert Walters, comments:
“It’s clear from these survey results that legal professionals who apply for jobs like the recruitment process to move quickly and many would turn down a role if it took too long. They also like to be provided with feedback on both their initial application and interview performance.
“With the majority of legal professionals also tell people about their experiences during the recruitment process, failure to comply with these wishes can clearly impact an employer’s reputation in the market and companies that – for example – that take the time to explain a rejection provide job seekers with a positive representation of their brand despite the fact they may be delivering disappointing news.”
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About the Robert Walters Insight Series
The whitepaper, Managing Your Brand Throughout the Recruitment Process, is the first in the Robert Walters Insight Series. The findings are based on research conducted by Robert Walters in September 2012, with the statistics based on the survey responses of 1,306 job seekers and 250 hiring managers. Of these responses, 168 of these job seekers were legal professionals (either working in-house or private practice) and 59 of these hiring managers routinely recruit legal professionals.
The Insight Series is a range of thought-leading whitepapers aimed at assisting employers in their recruitment strategies and helping them to address key talent management issues.
About Robert Walters
Robert Walters is a leading international recruitment consultancy, with a network of 51 offices spanning 23 countries, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Continental Europe, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, South Africa and South America. For more information, visit www.robertwalters.co.uk