Employers are missing out on qualified job candidates because of a lengthy hiring process, a survey of New Zealand companies shows.
Six in 10 human resources managers say it's something they've experienced.
The study by recruitment consultancy Robert Half also shows that more than half of the 100 respondents say the hiring process has increased in the past three years.
The main reasons given for the extra time taken are more involvement from internal stakeholders, increased candidate expectations, qualified candidates becoming more challenging to find and the interview process.
"Companies who spend longer periods of time when hiring risk losing their preferred candidates," Robert Half NZ general manager Megan Alexander said.
"As many top candidates are in contention for several roles, some aren't willing to wait too long before accepting an offer."
She said employers naturally have high standards when hiring new employees, but looking for top-level performers who have all the need-to-have as well as the nice-to-have skills could hinder the recruitment process.
Instead, companies needed to focus on a candidate who had the must-have skills and then develop the nice-to-have skills through professional training programmes.
Tips to make the process more efficient: