In a “good economy” getting a job can take 5–6 months. Now that we are going through a time of uncertainty because of the COVID-19 pandemic, getting a job could take longer so keep persisting and keep applying.
In positive economic times, an average 250 candidates apply for a job listing; of those, 10 candidates are screened during phone interviews (sometimes by someone in HR). Of those 10, four or five are asked to interview with the employer. If the company does multiple rounds of interviews, that number decreases with each round until the employer selects that one candidate to receive the job offer. Of those candidates who receive an offer, five percent will reject it, in which case the employer may make the offer to the second-place candidate. TopInterview's infographic provides a visual of this process with data from Jobvite's 2019 Recruiting Benchmark Report.
If you get a phone or virtual interview, send a thank you afterwards. Getting an interview is cause for celebration, so be excited. If you get an interview but aren’t selected, send another thank you letting them know you would still be interested if another position becomes available.
Don’t be afraid to apply for a job more than once. If you apply for a job, are not selected, and see the job re-posted, update your materials, sharpen your interviewing skills, and apply again. Applying again shows your genuine interest. There are many reasons qualified candidates don’t get jobs; after all, the employer usually wants to hire one person, not 250.