I was verbally offered a month ago. Later after two weeks I was called for drug test, reference details and to sign the background check consent form; they told me it will take 10 days to get the result. At same time they also gave me Notice of exempt employee with salary details, I filled the W-4 tax form, and also provided employment handbook & orientation date. After 10 days I called them to inquire next steps and I was told my physical and background check is cleared, they will let me know start date. Its been 3 days still waiting for their call or email; but no response. I also haven't recd any formal offer letter.
The formal letter/contract may come late, depending on the institution. They have asked for HR stuffs like background check and tax; it means that they are processing your position at the hr or provost office. So don't panic.
I agree it sounds like you're just waiting for paperwork to pass through a ton of red tape. It's largely way out of your department or college at this point, and being held up by HR and the like.
Thanks for the positive response. I am concerned about the matter, feeling as if I m in weirdest situation I have ever been. Called them once again today same response department said they will get back to me and so I asked them to forward to HR and she says department will let you know. Hr seemed very restless and bit confused nervous…………."she said your start date is their in file and why have they not given you your offer letter…. & you have to work —- hrs/week"……………but I didnt ask abt hrs (as an exempt employee that doesn't matter).
Since beginning HR was never involved in my hiring process except for the paper work; as it is a direct hire by the VP. Everything thing was smooth until now.
Even within the same university, it can vary across departments and colleges whether you get one. One deciding factor is the level of clearance or security your job will have. Different positions have different levels of clearance, and most positions short of the default level of access require a drug and other tests, especially if you're in charge of big money.