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Study: You need 86 candidates to hire that one right person

March 15, 2017View for printing

Finding the right employee is not easy and a new study proves why.

According to research by recruiting software service Lever, a typical small business employing fewer than 200 people needs to go through an average of 86 applications to find that one right person for the job. The study looked at data from about 1.5 million candidate considerations and 15,000 hires at 600 of Lever's customers throughout most of 2016. Although reviewing that many candidates sounds like a lot of work, this rate is actually better than most larger companies, who need to see an average of 100 candidates before hiring someone.

By Gene Marks

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