Why does getting a graduate job take so long?

  February 06, 2017

So experts suggest that on average it takes around three months between sending off an application and getting a graduate job with a 'top company'. But why? Basically it comes down to two things:

Sheer volume of applications

Basically when there is a graduate scheme place up for grabs a lot of people, and we mean A LOT, will apply for it. It's estimated that for every role at least 40 people apply for the job, and in some industries this is much, much higher with as many as 185 people applying for each job. So it's no wonder that it takes companies a while to get through all the data that comes through.

Similarity of applications

The other problem that employers face is that they have to sift through thousands of applications that look almost identical. 2:1 degree, check; great team player, check; pat experience working in retail, check; honest, reliable and hard-working, check.

There is virtually nothing to distinguish each applicant, so after dismissing the clearly unsuitable candidates, recruiters have to spend ages trying to decide between 'typical graduate number one' and 'typical graduate number 39'. So it takes a while. In an effort to try and decipher what makes the applicant's different, many organisations will elect to hold assessment centres, or run intensive interview processes to try and whittle it down. Then after three months, they will pick the ones they think fit best, based on little more than a bland CV, interview results, and a feeling. A sure fire recipe for success? We think not.

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