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NEW YORK - MAY 7: A job applicant speaks with recruiter Renee Chandler (R) during an interview May 7, 2003 at the offices of Metro Support Group in New York City. The nation's jobless rate climbed to six percent in April, rising for the third straight month, adding up to half a million lost jobs. New York's job market has especially been hit hard, with many applicants being unable to find work. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

There’s nothing more nerve-wracking than the wait to hear back after a job interview, and apparently, some companies have been dragging things out lately, and it may be turning off job seekers.

A new Robert Half survey finds:

  • One-third of senior managers admit their company has been “breadcrumbing” candidates, meaning they are stringing along with potential employees.
  • In order to keep job seekers engaged, employers are using tactics like:
    • Multiple rounds of interviews
    • Conducting skills testing
    • Keeping applicants busy with online training
  • Employers in San Diego seem to be the guiltiest of breadcrumbing (48%), followed by Boston (47%).
  • Cities where employers are hiring as quickly as possible include Cincinnati (81%) and New York (77%).

Source: Robert Half