Does the posting date matter?

As a job seeker, do you ever look at the date a position is posted?

If not, you should.

Time to fill is a KPI (Key performance indicator) for recruiters and organizations that essentially measures the number of days between the publication of a job and getting an offer accepted. As my post yesterday suggested, the average time to fill for new graduate roles is approximately 43 days.

Typically, when a position gets posted, the recruiter spends the first 2-4 weeks publicizing the job and screening candidates. The next 3-5 weeks are spent interviewing candidates and the final 6-7 weeks the recruiter checks references, performs a background check and administers any assessments before making an offer.

43 days is AVERAGE for a new graduate hire.

For harder to fill or managerial positions, that number can be significantly higher. Why does this number matter? – if you are being rejected from positions, consider the timing of your application. If you applied 37 days after the position posted, it’s likely they are well into the interview process. – If the org is still actively recruiting after the average time to fill KPI, as a candidate you may want to question if the organization is being unrealistic or if their are internal red flags.

Would love to hear your thoughts.


  • Sarah Johnston

    I’m a former corporate recruiter and industry “insider” who got tired of seeing talented high-achievers get passed over for opportunities because they did not have the right marketing documents or know how to position themselves in interviews. I have relocated multiple times across the country as a “trailing spouse” and have had to execute job searches in completely cold markets (where I literally knew no one!) I have been named a LinkedIn Top Voice in the career space in 2019, HR Weekly’s Top 100 Most Influential People in HR, named the owner of the “best resume writing firm for experienced executives” by Balance Careers and a “top follow” by JobScan in 2019 and 2020.

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