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how many interviews is too many?

Engineers power business. However, when the interview processes is too long, businesses send mixed signals to potential employees and lose candidates meant to propel their businesses forward.

Is your interview process too long? Randstad Engineering asked over 1,000 engineering and design job seekers how many times they expect to be brought in for face to face interviews before being made an offer. We found that 80% of job seekers expect to be interviewed 1 or 2 times before an offer is made. 97% expect it to take no more than 3 interviews.




experienced engineers expect hiring managers to make up their minds

41% of engineering job seekers with 30+ years of experience expect only 1 interview before an offer is made, a full 82% more often than job seekers with 0 – 9 years of experience.




fewer than 3 interviews – technicians and executives agree

Among designers, technicians, engineers, managers, directors and executives there is very little distinction for how long they feel it should take before they receive an offer. 84% of designers and technicians are looking for an offer in less than 3 interviews, 11% more often than executives and directors.




contracted vs permanent employees

Salaried engineering professionals are 37% more likely to expect 3 or more interviews than their temporary or hourly counterparts

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