I interviewed for a position and they were voting this past week. How long after the vote will they notify the top candidate? Does the Chair have to approve it with the Dean before contacting the top choice? Or, does the Committee Chair contact the top candidate while the approvals happen? I know I should just let it play out. However, I am antsy about this. I wasn't contacted yesterday and just assumed that I wasn't the top choice.
Date: 13 Dec 2014 21:14
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If you didn't pass this hiring bar you might find out rapidly.
If you were the top choice you will find out either that day or shortly thereafter. Sometimes this is a cryptic "you passed the faculty vote and we have forwarded our recommendation to the provost" which basically means you will get the offer. Most likely they will talk to you before talking to the dean.
If you passed the hiring bar but are not the top choice they will keep you waiting in the hopes that they can roll an offer to your if their top choice says no. Sometimes this will require another faculty vote so it could take quite some time. Negotiations with the first choice could take weeks to months.
Although each school is different so it is hard to say with precision how quickly any one applicant should expect to hear back.
ditto to everything that turtle said. The two times I received "first choice" offers, I heard back immediately after the last candidate left (once that was me, and I had the offer by the time I got home. The other time it was seriously hours after the last candidate left.)
If you are waiting, most likely you are as turtle said above the hiring bar but not the first choice. It's frustrating, but the first choice person might turn the offer down.
Every institution is different - oftentimes the administration wants to control the offer and doesn't let the dept directly contact the candidate. So a department can be waiting on a slow administrator to approve the choice and make the call.
Turtle is spot on. The top choice is usually informed as quickly as possible, unless there is an odd set-up where the official offers must come from the Dean (I've heard of places like this). If you did not hear anything within a week of the search being concluded then in all likelihood you were not the first choice. We recently concluded a search and let the top choice know as soon as the faculty meeting was finished. However, there is no rhyme or reason if you are not the top choice. We had one candidate deemed below threshold and nixed this person right after his/her visit but did not actually send out any information to the candidate. Another candidate (our "back up") was above threshold but we could not send out any information to this person until negotiations were finalized with the top choice.
Do the faculty meetings to vote on candidates usually occur soon after the last candidate leaves?
answering clinanon's question, yes, people typically meet within a week and make decision. then recommendation will be forwarded to chair, dean, or provost to get approval. one of these guys will then make an offer. So it takes about 1-2 weeks (typically) from the last candidate's interview to the offer.
Timelines for sending offers and rejections are variable. I was the last candidate interviewed for a position this year, didn't hear anything for almost three weeks. I assumed I was not the top choice. Then I got an email telling me I was the top choice, but that they had to negotiate some details about the position, hence the delay.
Currently on hiring committee where we are hoping to notify the top candidate two days after final interview - with a formal offer coming soon after in the following week.