What's the Ideal Length of an Online Job Application?
What's the Ideal Length of an Online Job Application?

What's the Ideal Length of an Online Job Application?

Think your candidate experience is best-in-class? Here's your chance to review what candidates expect when it comes to completing job applications along with 3 tips from the recruiting experts at Newton to improve the process and help your organization stand out from the crowd.

As finding qualified candidates becomes a significant obstacle for employers, a noteworthy trend has surfaced. Employers must become more engaged and make candidate experience a priority. And this begins with the initial online job application. Candidates are no longer willing to jump through hoops to complete your employment application. In fact, research shows that 60% of job seekers will leave a job application prior to completion due to complexity. They expect an initial application that's simple or they'll quickly move on to an employer that meets their needs.

So what's the ideal application length? Newton research found that if your application takes longer than 10 minutes to complete, you're potentially missing out on 50% of qualified job applicants. Not only do shorter applications offer a better candidate experience, but they attract more qualified candidates and help reduce recruiting spend.

Use these three tips to improve candidate experience in your online application process.

Reduce Length and Complexity As we highlighted above, if your application process is not short and simple, quality talent will simply look elsewhere.

Personable Job Descriptions The job description is your chance to make a great first impression on candidates. Make it concise but also personable to reflect the culture of your organization.

Go Mobile The mobile revolution is here, and it's essential for hiring top talent. A Glassdoor survey indicates that 9 in 10 job seekers will use their mobile device during the job search process over the next 12 months. As job seekers continue to transition their activity to mobile devices, employers must do the same to offer an enjoyable candidate experience.

If you're looking to make candidate experience a priority at your organization, we can help. Paycor's applicant tracking system powered by Newton is built for recruiting teams to attract qualified candidates and efficiently manage the entire recruiting process. Click here to schedule a personalized demonstration to see the benefits of applicant tracking today.

Sources: Glassdoor & Indeed

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