What is the typical wait time between completing a phone interview and getting an on-campus invite?
Date: 11 Nov 2015 22:16
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It can vary a lot—Ask at the end of the call what they think their timeline will be if they don't volunteer that information. Often, within a few days or a week, but some do phone interviews earlier in the process.
orIt can vary dramatically. In some places, after the phone interview, it has to go to the full faculty for a vote on candidates to bring, so it can be weeks. Or it can be a few days if the search committee is free to operate autonomously.
I'm on a search committee at a non-R1 this cycle. It's taken several weeks to go from our phone interviews to campus invites. Much of this has to do with logistics. Our search chair has to organize the travel plans, try to fit the dates into administrators' schedules, and plan around the search faculty schedules. Being on the other side of things, I better appreciate how much work is involved in an academic search and understand why it can take a while.
IamSearchCommittee - that is true, but I think that the OP was asking about the wait time between the interview and being NOTIFIED of a campus invite. I'm assuming that you wouldn't have to arrange all of that stuff before telling someone you're going to invite them.
OP - in my experience, when I was invited for an interview, it was pretty quick from the phone interview to the campus invite, like within a week. If I was waiting longer, I was not invited (or perhaps considered for "second round"). I think the only reason it takes much longer is if you're interviewed in the beginning and they aren't able to schedule the rest of the phone calls in a short time period.
any number of things can affect length of time… but the biggest issue is the search committees weekly availability.
it's very difficult to find a time for 5+ people, especially when you need large blocks of time for phone interviews. we held six 30-minute phone interviews back to back. I actually had to cancel my class so that our committee could meet to do the phone interviews in a timely fashion (otherwise we'd be bumping up against thanksgiving).
in other searches, we've had to break up phone interviews across several days (and deal with the 3 hour time diff between the east and west coast).
after that, the committee has to find ANOTHER time to meet and deliberate on the in-person choices… as well as determine when everyone is free in the coming weeks to be present for the search committee interview and talks/demos. we also have to coordinate with the admins to see their availability.
i'm always impressed when searches can get everything done before winter break given all of the coordination behind the scenes.
I've been on the search and on committees. There is a lot of coordination behind the scenes. I think an average is about 2 weeks, but it can be a little longer.
My first time on the market (a few years back) it ranged from 1-2 weeks. This year it has been as little as 1 week and in one case it has been over a month.