/ Asked by Becca
About how many candidates do you interview over the phone and how many do you bring in for face-to-face interviews for each open position? I know this number varies greatly, but I'd like to have a guess as to how many people I'm up against. Thanks!
Answered by Sharon, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Monday, July 7, 2014
Honestly, it really depends on the position and the size of the candidate pool.  Typically, we phone screen the most qualified candidates (average 10-15) and then bring in around 5 candidates.
Answered by Dustin, Hiring Expert at HP Inc., on Monday, July 7, 2014
This can vary a lot depending on a variety of factors so by no means will the following numbers be absolute. Generally for a phone screen, you could expect 6-10 candiates to be contacted but this can greatly vary. For face-to-face interviews generally 2-4 is a safe guess.

Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on Tuesday, July 8, 2014
That depends on company to company and position to position.  At my company on average for entry level roles we phone screen about 5 to 7 and bring in about 3 to 4.

Answered by Natalie, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Thank you for the question, and I would agree, this varies greatly depending on the location and position.  In general, I may phone interview anywhere from 5-10 candidates and from there bring in 3-5 for a face to face interview.

Hope you find this information helpful. 
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, July 11, 2014
It does vary depending on the hiring manager, but on average 6-8 candidates are phone screened and 3-4 are brought in for face-to-face interviews.  From this the top 1-2 candidates may be brought back for additional face-to-face interviews.  If from this, a consensus on a top candidate cannot be reached, the process may start over.
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