I am anticipating a potential offer or two here shortly and I'm wondering: For TT jobs, is it more typical to receive an offer (and the details) over the phone first? or is email usually the first way of communicating an offer?
Date: 16 Dec 2015 19:38
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I've received 2 offers thus far and both have come via phone. I've never heard of anyone getting an offer via email. One potential alternative is getting an email asking to set up a time to talk about your application and then the conversation is the job offer. That happened for my postdoc position.
Phone is standard…but if they can't reach you right away they would definitely send an email asking for a talk. I've never heard of someone making an offer over voicemail
An initial email from the chair or dean might indicate that you are being offered the position, and then ask for a phone conversation to talk about the details. Looking back at my old emails I had at least two experiences where this was the case.
Once those calls take place, consider following up with an email that summarizes your understanding of what was discussed, including any essential elements that have been offered verbally but not yet put in writing, if these make a difference to your decision.
Hmm, interesting. My offer came by email (with a formal pdf letter/contract). Guess it just depends on the school!