Snagajob recently polled about 300 hourly hiring managers on their interview and hiring practices. The results provided insight on the challenges of filling open positions, the biggest influences in hiring decisions and more.

Check out the summary findings to see what we learned:

 On hiring practices 

– 62 percent of employers were optimistic about increasing their workforce.

– 42 percent of those surveyed said employee turnover is the number one reason they were hiring.

– 38 percent said the key challenge in filling an open position is that applicants don’t have the qualifications they’re looking for.

– Schedule availability had the most influence in a hiring decision; 40 percent said it was “critical.”

On interacting with job seekers 

– Half of the employers we surveyed trained their managers on how to handle walk-in applicants.

– 42 percent believed the best way for an applicant to follow up after submitting an application is by email.

– After interviewing a candidate, 35 percent of hiring managers did not proactively let candidates know they did not receive the job.

– Of those that did let a candidate know he/she did not receive an offer, 30 percent of employers waited one to three days before making contact.

If you’re wondering what all these stats mean for you, don’t worry. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be breaking down the numbers on our blog and exploring how it affects the hiring process.