Only 24% of the Belgian jobseekers get a response on their job application

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 18:22
Not even a quarter of the Belgian applicants should expect an answer after their job application.
The StepStone survey with 44.500 Belgian jobseekers also shows that it typically takes 18 applications to get a single interview. 

The difficult journey of the Belgian jobseeker

Over the last three years, StepStone has interviewed over 44.500 applicants on their job search. The survey shows that only 24% of Belgian jobseekers hear back from employers in the 45 days after applying. While the war for talent goes on, a painstakingly low number of jobseekers gets a response.

This is despite 85% of all the applicants finding themselves to be a good or even perfect match for said job. This discrepancy between response and self-image shows how important and valuable employer feedback can be for candidates. Moreover, responding and giving feedback are crucial ways of preserving one’s employer branding and image towards candidates.

Belgium has a lower level of response than some key neighbouring countries

Nationally, we notice a difference between the French and Dutch speaking parts of Belgium. The applicant response index is higher for the Dutch speaking population with 28%, while only 22% of the French speaking Belgian jobseekers get a response.

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Summary of the results of the survey. Only 5,5% of the 44.500 applicants get an interview, while only 1,6% receive a job offer and 1,1% accept it.

Internationally, there are some big differences as well. Both the Netherlands and Germany have better results with respectively 35% and an impressive 52%. In France, however, the response index is much worse with only 15% of the interviewed jobseekers getting a response.

18 applications result in one interview

Unfortunately, in addition to the low response index, the difficult journey for the candidate only begins. Typically, it takes the Belgian job seeker 18 applications to get a single interview. The same goes for the Netherlands, while in France it takes 21 applications on average. In Germany, however, only ten attempts are needed.

Of course, the conversion rate from interview into an actual job offer is the crucial statistic for candidates. Here we see fairly similar results for the different countries: in Belgium it takes, on average, 3 interviews to get one job offer. The same goes for the Netherlands, while our German and French neighbours only have to go through two interviews in order to receive the all-important job offer.

"We encourage customers to put themselves in a jobseeker’s shoes. That way we help them being more transparent in the recruitment process & providing feedback to candidates systematically," concludes Eva Ba who works at StepStone as product manager.

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