109+ Job Interview Statistics 2024 (Facts & Numbers)

Interview is one of the most intimidating parts of a person’s life. Interview statistics will help the students to understand the latest trends and happenings in the interviews and the corporate world.

There were 8.8 million job openings in the US for the year 2023. Hence, millions of job interviews might have taken place. 

In the following article, we have added the statistics related to the interviews. You will find details like demographics, interview success and failure rate, trends related to virtual interviews, etc. 

If you are preparing for an interview, these statistics will help you.  

Interview Statistics(Top Picks)

Interview Statistics - Overview
  1. On average, it takes 24 days to go through the hiring and interview process to get the job. 
  2. An average job interview lasts between 40 to 90 minutes. 
  3. The candidate, on average, has to give 2 to 3 interviews to get a job. 
  4. It takes 7 minutes to form the first impression about a person. 
  5. 75% of the recruiters use behavioral questions to assess the candidate’s soft skills.
  6. Women are 30% less likely to be selected for a job than men with the same knowledge and qualifications. 
  7. 3.5% is the unemployment rate of the US, as recorded in September 2022. 
  8. 90.6% of recruiters prefer candidates with work experience. 
  9. 99.2% of employers search for candidates on social media. 
  10. 33% of employers know if they will hire the candidate in the first 90 seconds of the interview. 
  11. Only 20% of applicants get to the interview round.
  12. Approximately 42 in 100 interviewed candidates receive an offer.
  13. Those who have had two interviews have a 17% chance, those who have had four interviews have a 22% chance, and those who have five or more interviews have a 9% chance of getting hired.
  14. Glassdoor reports that only 1 candidate from every 50 applications is selected for interview, meaning only 2% of applicants are selected for interview.
  15. 51% of recruiters state that the best candidate is found after three interviews.
  16. Job satisfaction stands at 60% as of 2022.
  17. Millennials and Gen Z will comprise 75% of the global workforce by 2025. 

General Interview Statistics

Only 60% of employees are satisfied with their job. In the following section, let us look at other attention-driving facts and figures about job interviews. 

  1. Approximately 118 people are applying for one job opening. 
  2. In the year 2022, there were 10.1 million job openings in the United States. 
  3. 90.6% of employers want a candidate with work experience. 
  4. On average, the in-person interview lasts from 45 to 90 minutes. 
  5. Job Satisfaction is at 60% as of record in the year 2022. 
  6. 64.5% of employers want candidates with work experience in the relevant field. 
  7. Only 5.1% of employers believe that work experience isn’t significant when hiring. 

The following table shows employers’ preferences about a candidate and their work experience:

PreferencesPercentage of Employers 
Candidates with work experience90.6%
Candidates with relevant work experience64.5%
Candidates with work experience of any type26.1%
No work experience5.1%
  1. 47% of the recruiters believe that the employee must know about the company they are applying to, and the candidate will face rejection if they know nothing about the company.
  2. After submitting around ten applications, 47% of the candidates get invited to one or two interviews. While 38.3% don’t get a call at all. 
  3. 27% of the job seekers say that they get 1 or 2 interviews only when they submit a minimum of ten applications.
  4. The average interview process length in the United States is reportedly 23.8 days. 
  5. 87% of recruiters use LinkedIn to search for employees. 
  6. Fifty-seven million people in the United States are freelancers. 
  7. Referrals increase a candidate’s chance of getting a job by 2.6% to 6.6%. 
  8. Candidates are 38% more likely to accept a job offer with a positive interview experience. 
  9. According to 92% of the candidates, mock interviews are very critical for preparation.
  10. 52% of the candidates reported an interview as a positive experience when the recruiters informed them of the steps after the interview. 
  11. It takes 3 weeks on average to get an official job offer to be made in writing.

Source: LinkedIn, Forbes, Indeed, NCES. 

Job Interview: Demographics

For years, men have been given priority for most job roles over women. The excellent part is women and men now get equal rights in most work positions. Here are a few facts about the demographic effect on the hiring process. 

  1. Job applicants 55 years or older are three times more likely to be rejected. 
  2. 95% of the candidates try to look better and younger during their job interview to increase their chances of getting hired. 
  3. 85% of the finance jobs, 84% of the advertising jobs, and 81% of digital marketing jobs reported age discrimination. 
  4. 75% of the candidates reported feeling discriminated against at a job interview due to their age. 
  5. The most common ethnicity of interviewers in the US is White (54.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (22.3%), Black or African American (12.3%), and Asian (6.6%).
  6. Women are less likely to be invited for job interviews than men. A study by Harvard Business Review found that women are 1.5 times less likely to be invited for an interview than men with the same qualifications.
  7. Young men are 1.8 times more likely to be invited for an interview than white men in their 50s. 
  8. Young men have a 2.3 times more chance of getting invited for an interview than women in their 50s. 
  9. Black men in their 50s have a 2.6 times less chance of getting invited for an interview than young men. 
  10. Black women in their 50s have a three times less chance of being selected for an interview than young men. 
  11. 77% of the hiring managers reported that they considered cultural diversity an important aspect of the recruitment and interview process. 
  12. Men are 33% more confident than women about their job interview performance. 
  13. Married women have fewer chances of being selected for a job offer by 23.5% as compared to single women. 
  14. female job applicants with children are 35.9% less likely to be selected for a job application as compared to male applicants with children. 
  15. 35%  of the jobs require the candidate to have at least a bachelor’s degree and an additional college degree to be selected for the job interview process. 
  16. People with disabilities are also less likely to be invited for job interviews. A study by the National Organization on Disability found that people with disabilities are 2.5 times less likely to be invited for an interview than people without disabilities.
  17. A study by the Opportunity Agenda found that job seekers from lower-income backgrounds are 2 times less likely to be invited for an interview than job seekers from higher-income backgrounds.

Sources: Forbes, BLS, Glassdoor, Indeed. 

Job Interview Trends 

Various trends are observed in the interview processes, especially after the pandemic time. Let us take a look at all the statistics related to the latest trends in job interviews. 

  1. All job seekers have a 26.24% probability of receiving a job offer. 
  2. Job seekers have a 51% chance of getting hired after they have appeared for at least three job interviews. 

The following table indicates the chances of an employee getting hired. 

Number Of InterviewsChances Of Getting Hired
Two interviews17%
Three interviews51%
Four interviews22%
Five or more interviews9%
  1. 90% of the candidates decide whether to hire or not in the first minute and a half of a job interview. 
  2. Phone interviews can extend the time of the interview process by eight days.
  3. Phone interviews usually last around 15 minutes and are considered as the screening tool.  
  4. Recruiters take only 6 seconds to scan a resume and decide whether to select the candidate for an interview.
  5. 94% of the sales professionals reported that the salary is the most crucial part discussed in the job interview. 
  6. 36% of the recruiters that are hiring candidates for white-collar or blue-collar jobs test the candidate for multitasking. While 31% of the recruiters look for initiative and 21% look for creative thinking in the candidates. 
  7. Employers go through 2 to 3 rounds of interviews before selecting the candidate. 
  8. The real estate industry has the highest share of job applicants proceeding to interviews at 20%, followed by financial services at 18%.
  9. 92% of employers are using social media networks to look up job candidates before interviews.
  10. In the online hiring process, 63% of U.S. organizations will have incorporated video calling by 2024.
  11. Only 20% of applicants get to the interview round.
  12. On average, 118 people apply for a single job.
  13. 82% of employers conduct virtual interviews.
  14. 77% of recruiters think that diversity will be considered crucial in recruitment in the coming years.

Sources: Glassdoor, Pew Research center. 

First Impression Statistics

The first impression is very crucial when it comes to the interview. Most of the candidates are well prepared to give their best first impressions. Here are a few statistics related to the effect of the first impression on the interview. 

  1. 55% of first impressions are made by what we see (visual), while 38% is the way we hear your first words (vocal), and 7% are the words you say.
  2. 77% of the recruiters reported that they find typos and grammar as dealbreakers. 
  3. 69% of people form a first impression of someone before they’ve even had a chance to speak.
  4. 95% of people believe first impressions are very important, and 79% of people believe they usually or always make a good first impression.
  5. 61% of people believe they can instantly spot a “phony” the minute they meet him or her.
  6. The top three contributors to forming a bad first impression are smelling bad (66%), being arrogant (62%), and dressing poorly (49%).
  7. Studies have found that, on average, our first impressions of people are 76% accurate.
  8. Candidates have only seven seconds to make their first impression on the recruiters. 
  9. 35% of recruiters say that a negative email gives a bad impression. 
  10. 40% of people lie on their resumes to make them more appealing. 
  11. You only have 7 seconds to make an excellent first impression. 
  12. 71% of the recruiters reported that they wouldn’t hire someone with an inappropriate dress code. 
  13. 67% of the recruiters believe that eye contact is crucial and helps in making a good impression on the candidate. 
  14. Recruiters say that almost 39% of applicants give a bad impression because of their low voice, confidence, and shyness. 
  15. 30% of the recruiters reported that a bad handshake from a candidate could give a bad impression. 

The following table shows the effect of body language on recruiters. 

Body LanguagePercentage of Recruiters Seeing Body Language As A Bad Impression 
Bad handshake 30%
Weak handshake22%
Firm handshake 8%
  1. 76% of the recruiters reported that they would reject a candidate who appears arrogant. 

Sources: Forbes, Inc, Indeed, Jobspin

Practices of Recruiters

The Human resource team or the recruiters tend to have the same practices throughout the corporate world. They assess the candidates on the same pinpoints. Let us take a look at the stats related to the practices of recruiters and understand the pinpoints that candidates must stay careful of. 

  1. Human resources use structured interview techniques to evaluate the candidate 74% of the time. 
  2. 73% of the time, behavioral interviews are used to evaluate and test the candidate. 
  3. Phone screening is used 57% of the time to test candidates and screen them. 

The following table breaks down the techniques used to screen the candidates. 

Screening MethodPercentage of Times Used
Structured interview74%
Behavioural interview73%
Phone screening57%
Panel interviews48%
  1. It takes 24 business days, on average, to get the job offer after the initial interview. 

The following table displays the average days required to get a job offer after the initial interview is done in various industries. 

Average Days Industry 
Average24 days
Hospitality and recreational industry39.5 days
Engineering industry38 days
Electronics and manufacturing industry30 days
Government16 days 

Sources: Pew research center, Indeed, glassdoor, Zippia. 

  1. It takes between 30 minutes to five hours to schedule an interview with one candidate. 
  2. Recruiters spend 66% of the hiring time on interviews. 
  3. Top-performing industries need 69% fewer applications to hire a candidate for an open position. 
  4. According to 51% of the employers, they find the best candidate after three interviews. 
  5. 91% of the recruiters expect the candidate to know the salary before the interview. 
  6. 41% of the recruiters don’t consider a candidate who does not have a social media account. 
  7. 60% of the recruiters reported that they lose candidates before scheduling an interview. 

Video Interview Statistics

Since the last decade, online interviews have become very common. Most of the companies conduct video interviews for candidates who stay in other cities. Let us take a look at some important statistics related to video interviews. 

Video Interview Statistics
  1. 60% of recruiters use video interviews to hire their employees.
  2. A survey of 506 companies revealed that 47% use video interviewing to shorten the hiring timeframe, and 22% would consider it for interviewing.
  3. In the online hiring process, 63% of U.S. organizations will have incorporated video calling by 2024.
  4. 84% of the candidates have scheduled their interview within 24 hours of receiving an invite to the interview.  
  5. Video interviews are much faster than mobile interviews, almost up to six times. 
  6. 74% of the recruiters reported that video interviews have made their lives easier. 
  7. 50% of the candidates prefer video interviews over face-to-face interviews. 

Sources: Indeed, Software advice. 

Virtual Interview Statistics

Virtual interviews have become dominant since the pandemic hit. In the virtual interview process, the hiring of the candidate is done online. Here are a few statistics related to the virtual interview.

  1. The virtual interview has gained popularity since the year 2011. The virtual interviews have increased by 49% since then. 
  2. 82% of hiring managers do virtual interviews over in-person interviews. 
  3. 81% of the recruiters believe that virtual recruitment will continue even after the end of the pandemic. 
  4. 86% of the recruiters have been conducting virtual interviews since the beginning of the pandemic. 

Sources: Indeed, Glassdoor, Linkedin. 

Job Searching Statistics

Job search eventually leads the candidates to apply for 3 to 4 job applications. Let us take a look at some facts related to job searching and its success rate. 

  1. The current unemployment rate of the USA is 3.5%. 
  2. The average of the annual work weeks in 2015 increased to 46.8. 
  3. 12.4 million Americans are searching for a job every month, and it takes an average of 5 months to find a job in the US.
  4. 79% of the Millennials who have bachelor’s degrees are unemployed. Millennials have the highest rates of unemployment and underemployment in the year 2022. 
  5. 60% of the candidates quit the interview process in the middle of filling out the online job application because of its length. 
  6. Online platforms are the top source of searching for job leads, with Indeed.com and Glassdoor.com being the most popular.
  7. 71% of the candidates do their own research before they apply to a company. 
  8. 74% of the candidates search for opportunities to present their experience, knowledge, and skills during the process of hiring. 
  9. 52% of the candidates reported that they are more likely to continue their relationship with the company if they are given feedback. 
  10. Only 7% of the candidates receive a phone call from the recruiter about the rejection. 
  11. 49% of the candidates reported that they received a call from hiring managers only before their start date. 
  12. There has been a 78% increase in job posts on LinkedIn that are highly flexible in nature, since the year 2016. 
  13. High-quality candidates reported that they have to wait for a maximum of only ten days to find a new job. 
  14. 73% of the candidates reported that the process of looking for a job is a very stressful event in life. 

Sources: Forbes, NCES, BLS, Pewsocialtrends. 

Interview Success And Failure Rate.

The interview’s failure and success rates depend on various factors. These factors may include the behavior of the candidate, the knowledge required for the job, etc. Here are some figures related to the factors that affect the result of an interview. 

  1. Unemployed people have only an 18.44% chance of finding a new job. 
  2. Job seekers unemployed for less than five weeks find a 30.94% chance of getting a new job. 
  3. 50% of the recruiters believe that the behaviour and the dress of the candidate during the interview can be a reason to reject the candidate. 

The following table indicates the effect of the candidate’s behavior on the interview. 

Candidate CharacteristicsPercentage of Recruiters That Would Reject A Candidate.
Inappropriate clothes50%
No eye contact20%
Arms crossed65%

Sources: Glassdoor, Indeed, Pew research center. 

  1. 40% of the employers reported that they would not hire a candidate who is not confident. 
  2. Only 20% of the Applicants get to the interview round. 
  3. The interview pass rate is generally around 30 to 50%. 
  4. There are only 8.3% chances of scoring an interview from one application. 
  5. The acceptance rate of Google onsite is 0.67%.
  6. The average interview-to-offer rate is reported to be 42.%
  7. Only 2% of the candidates that have applied for job openings get selected. 
  8. 94% of the job seekers wish to receive interview feedback,  but only 1% of them have received feedback about their interview. 

Hiring Statistics

The hiring process is the result of the way a candidate has given his interview. Most companies hire candidates with good communication skills and work experience. Let us take a look at the stats related to hiring. 

  1. Analytical and social skills required for managerial and teaching job has increased by 94%. 
  2. 63% of the employers reported that they could not find enough suitable candidates to fill the positions. 
  3. The candidates that are referred have five times more chances of getting hired. 
  4. The average cost per hire is reported to be $4,700. 
  5. GenZ and the millennials will make up 75% of the existing global workforce by the end of the year 2025. 

Sources: Simplilearn, SHRM, Forbes. 

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Wrapping Up: Interview Statistics (2024)

That’s all about the Interview statistics. 

Interviews may be scary, but if you are confident and thoroughly prepared, you will surely ace the deal. 

I hope that the above article has helped you to know about various interesting facts related to the interviews and the interview process. If I have missed some important statistics, you can add them in the comment section. I often keep updating my stat articles and will add the mentioned stats with the required credits. 

How was your experience during the first interview of your life? 

Ryan Harris

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