On average, or in your experience, how long does it take to get approval for a hiring decision? Is it a good sign if you've been told that they are waiting on approval, or does that just mean they still might not choose you?
Date: 23 Jan 2015 20:23
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That generally means that the department has voted to make you an offer, but they can't extend an official offer until it is approved by the dean/provost. In my experience, this is more of a "rubber stamp" and it's extremely rare for an offer to be held up at this stage.
It usually goes through at that point. As for how long it takes, that varies tremendously. Some can move through relatively quickly, in other cases it may be held up for weeks. Depends on the school.
It means you have been selected, but it could be a while before it gets to the final stage. The only reasons for a hang-up:
1) The dean/provost/president vehemently disagrees with the decision for some odd reason (e.g. you are not religious enough for the religious school) and pulls rank, but this is basically career suicide for that person - you have to respect the dept's choice!
2) A hiring freeze sets in. Again, I think even if this happens, if you the candidate has said "yes," the school tends to honor the job but might freeze other searches. Otherwise they get REALLY bad press, which is just as bad as whatever financial crisis they're having.
or it can be denied if the funding is not secure. For example, a SC decides to try to get a double hire without approve when only one position was originally approved.