Survey finds majority of jobseekers would quit a new job during the first month

1/3 of jobseekers decide about a job within the first five minutes, and 88% say they would consider leaving a job within the first month. Read more here.

  • 35% of Australian jobseekers decide whether to take a job after the first communication or early during the interview process.
  • Even after accepting a position, 88% are willing to quit within the first month and 90% during the probation period if the job doesn’t match their expectations.

One-third of Australian jobseekers make a decision about a job within the first five minutes – or even sooner – according to independent research commissioned by specialist recruiter Robert Half. However, even after making a fast decision and landing the job, 88% say they would consider leaving a job within their first month, the research reveals.

First impressions count
In a study of 1,000 jobseekers in Australia, just over half (51%) admit they decide whether they would or wouldn’t accept a position straight after the initial meeting. Highlighting that first impressions count, 14% know if they are interested after the first communication (call/email), while 21% typically decide within the first five minutes of the interview.  Less than one in 10 (9%) wait until they have completed subsequent interviews to decide and merely 5% decide during contractual negotiations.

David Jones, Senior Managing Director of Robert Half Asia Pacific said: “In today’s market, top candidates are receiving multiple job offers and therefore have a host of criteria beyond basic remuneration. Companies need to sell the job, the company culture, benefits and reasons why they are a great place to work to prospective employees.”

“While candidates need to put their best foot forward, so do hiring managers. Recruitment is a two-way street. It starts with providing candidates an efficient and timely recruitment experience and extends throughout the onboarding process to ensure new hires are motivated, engaged and quickly contributing to the business.” 

Even once candidates have accepted a role, 88% admit they would consider leaving a job within their first month and 90% during their probation period.

Reasons for leaving during the first month include poor management (55%) and a discrepancy between the job in practice and how it was advertised (48%). One in three (35%) would consider leaving because of a mismatch with corporate culture, a lack of proper onboarding (32%) or they received a more attractive job offer (27%). 

“Organisations must think of their attraction, recruitment and retention practices holistically. Long drawn out recruitment processes magnify the opportunity for a candidate to change their mind – which in turn costs the company time and money. Businesses that are serious about finding the best talent need to commit to providing an efficient and engaging experience at every stage – from initial contact through onboarding and beyond,” concluded David Jones.


About the research
The study was developed by Robert Half and conducted in December 2017-January 2018 by an independent research company among 1000 jobseekers in Australia.


Katherine Mills
Public Relations Manager, Asia Pacific
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