Online job ads are one of the few Web pages whose primary design has not changed since they first appeared on Online Career Center, Monster and DICE in the early ’90s. Job ads continue to look like little more than old print help-wanted ads pasted online.

What happens to candidate engagement when you add a modern day component like video to a job ad?

Note: see Yelp Account Execuitive or American Express Customer Care for examples of video job ads.


Our data shows that candidates spent more than triple (316%) the time on a video job ad (2 min. & 54 seconds) than they did on a text job ad (55 seconds).

And when a candidate plays the video on a video job ad the user spends an average of 5 minutes & 23 seconds viewing that job (an increase of 487%)

How’s that for driving candidate engagement?

A few notes on the data and criteria we used :

Text Job Ad (55 seconds avg.)

We used 2 resources for this: 1) We asked this question on Quora, “What is the average time on page for a job description?“, and the best answer we got back was 55 seconds from Owain Wood who kindly looked at data from 450 job ads from his SAP job board.

This 55 second data point was further backed up by the data from a second source, TheLadders, that ran data for the Wall Street Journal showing a range of 49.7 seconds (candidates not interested in the job ad) to 76.7 seconds (interested candidates) as reported by the Wall Street Journal in How We Really Read Job Ads).

Video Job Ad (2 minutes & 54 seconds avg.)

We used data from video job ads powered by Ongig from employers such as American Express, Yelp and blinkx.

Video Job Ad with the video being played (5 minutes & 23 seconds avg.)

We looked at video job ads from Ongig clients and measured the Session Time from just the ones in which a user played the video. We used Session Time instead of Time on Page for this because Google Analytics would not provide Time on Page for an Event like video play — Session Time was the next best measurement.

You might be wondering, “It’s great that video boosts a job ad’s quality, but how do I scale video or pictures across all my job ads?” Great question. We’ll cover that in a future post.

Disclaimer: I am co-founder & CEO of Ongig, the hiring platform that can auto-tag media (video or pictures) to every job description from your applicant tracking system.



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  • This is great info. At our niche job board, College Recruiter, we’ve been encouraging employers for years to include in their job postings their recruitment videos. More and more are. Some even have different videos for different roles such as one for their engineering positions, another for their sales positions, and another which is general.

    The employers who have embedded their videos are telling us they’re receiving a higher quantity and quality of applications but that’s pretty anecdotal. Nice to have some hard numbers to support what they’re seeing.