UK Job Seekers Spend More Than Five Months In Interview Processes Over Their Lifetime

LONDON (19th September, 2019) According to Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job and recruiting sites, job seekers in the UK  spend an average of 27 days in an interview process when applying for a job. When considering that people move jobs, on average, six times in their life, this equates to over five months (162 days) spent in interview processes throughout their lifetime.

Glassdoor’s research finds that those seeking jobs in consulting face the longest interview process, with interviews at the Big Four averaging 55 days from first applying to receiving a decision. Deloitte leads the way with the longest interview process of 65 days from application to decision.

Consulting is followed by travel, where job seekers will face an average interview process of 49 days for a job. British Airways has the second longest interview process in Glassdoor’s research, at 59 days, and the second highest difficulty at 3.3 out of 5*. This is above the average interview difficulty on Glassdoor of 2.6. The airline industry, in particular, is known for its rigorous recruitment processes which can involve psychometric tests, assessment centres and health and safety tests, dependent on the role.

Job seekers in investment banking face an average interview process of 45 days – with those interviewing at Goldman Sachs having the longest process of the investment banks at 54 days. Applicants to Goldman Sachs can expect video interviews prior to in-person interviews with a number of different individuals at the company, based on both technical and soft skills.

Those in hospitality enjoy the shortest (10 days) and easiest (1.9) interview process.

UK Industries With The Longest & Most Difficult Interviews:

Industry Average Interview Duration Average Interview Difficulty
Consulting 55 days 3.1 (out of 5)
Travel & Tourism 49 days 3.1 (out of 5)
Investment Banking 45 days 3.1 (out of 5)
Technology 40 days 3.1 (out of 5)
Telecoms 35 days 2.9 (out of 5)
Finance 31 days 2.9 (out of 5)
Retail 16 days 2.4 (out of 5)
Hospitality 10 days 1.9 (out of 5)

*table includes industries with more than one company in the UK interview experience report

UK Companies With The Longest Interviews:

Company Average Interview Duration Average Interview Difficulty
Deloitte 65 days 3.1 (out of 5)
British Airways 59 days 3.3 (out of 5)
Salesforce 54 days 3.4 (out of 5)
Goldman Sachs 54 days 3.1 (out of 5)
EY 53 days 3.1 (out of 5)

Jo Cresswell, Community Expert at Glassdoor, comments: “The consulting industry, in particular the Big Four, are notorious for their challenging recruitment processes. Given all appeared in the UK’s Most In-Demand Companies for 2019, it’s clear that they can ask for a lot in the interview process without putting off potential job seekers. In fact, candidates expect to be pushed.”

“It is interesting to see that, on an industry level, interview duration correlates with interview difficulty, indicating that job seekers are being put through their paces in the longer recruitment drives. This is ultimately a good thing for job seekers, as previous research shows that more difficult job interviews are statistically linked to higher employee satisfaction.” 

Before undertaking an interview in any of these industries, job seekers should aim to be as informed as possible about the company they want to work for. Using employee reviews on Glassdoor to understand what it’s like to work there and get an idea of what previous interviewees have faced is an excellent way of achieving this.


* Glassdoor’s Interview Difficulty Rating is based on a 1-5 scale, the average interview difficulty on Glassdoor is 2.6. Glassdoor’s unique interview review survey asks job seekers to rate the difficulty of a recent job interview on a scale of 1 to 5. They share detailed information about the job, the employer, and what types of questions were asked at their interview. 


The UK interview experience data identifies the duration and difficulty of interviews at the 50 companies with the highest overall interview experience rating based on reviews submitted by employees and job seekers on Glassdoor. At a minimum, employers must have received at least 50 Glassdoor-approved interview reviews, including at least 50 interview experience ratings, from UK-based employees between 2nd July, 2018 and 1st July, 2019. For reporting simplicity, interview experience ratings are displayed as whole numbers, though they extend beyond the thousandth place to determine final rank order. Intern reviews were excluded from this report.

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