I've heard 7-10 days as standard. Anyone have other experiences? I'm past 10 days and can't help but be curious as to what's going on…I'm I getting an offer or not?
Date: 22 Feb 2010 17:55
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It depends on whether you were the last person to interview. If there were other interviewees after you, then it could be longer than 7-10 days.
You can always write to the chair—just an honest note asking for any information about the decision time line would seems reasonable. And, if you have any major change in your status (e.g., other offers) you could mention that, too.
If they make an offer to someone else they'll often give them 2 weeks to decide (but I've heard of 10 days to over 3 weeks). Waiting is so harsh…
I'm sure it varies tremendously, but I can speak from my personal experience. As someone else indicated, you have to base the timeline on when they finish their last interview. I think most places should readily provide that timeline.
My opinion is once they have interviewed everyone they will move on an offer. Schools try to move it along and make offers so as to get the best candidates before they are offered elsewhere. It hurts them the longer they wait. I had an interview this year and felt very good walking away, but was told that I shouldn't expect to hear for "several weeks" after their last interview because of the slow pace of bureacracy. I questioned this interally at the time and I think in the end I was correct. In reality, they called me at about that time but another candidate had already accepted by then.
Thus, my conclusion is that if you don't hear in the first week or so after the last interview you aren't the first choice. Doesn't mean you won't be offered, just that you won't get the first offer.
After the department meets to pick which candidate they want to hire - do they then have to get it approved by admin before notifying the candidate? Or do they typically notify the candidate right away while the admin details are ironed out?
In my department, you have to have admin approval before saying anything to candidate of choice—this can take some time. Never less than 24 hours, sometimes as much as 4 days.
Good to know - thanks!