So I am getting a little ahead of myself now, but I have a few interviews scheduled at universities who seem to be doing things way sooner than typical (explosive offers?) as most places I've applied don't seem to have finished reviewing apps according to wiki updates. This got me to thinking about what the job offer process is like and how long it takes. Can someone whose been there it, walk through the process step by step? For example, you get the call, then what? Do you ask for time to consider? When do you give the verbal acceptance, before or after negotiations of salary and start up? When durin the process is it still ok to back out? I guess I just want to know what the process entails and how long it takes. I've heard a few different things.
Date: 03 Nov 2012 21:11
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Definitely ask for time to consider. A week or two is pretty standard. If it's a job you really want, don't try to stretch it past that. If it's something you might take but are not enthusiastic about, you might be able to get a little more time. Only give verbal acceptance when you are SURE you want to accept the offer. This of course means that you don't give verbal acceptance until you have negotiated salary and startup. It's ok to back out any time before you have given verbal acceptance. If you back out after that, word will get out. Academia is a small world. You will have an uphill battle in future job pursuits.
Here is how you buy time.
1) They will request a start up package negotiation. Tell them you will send it next week.
2) Then they will respond. Thank them and say you will consider their response carefully and that you are still interested in the position and will respond. Then send your response the following week.
3) Then after that, they'll start to push you. After all, they have 2-3 other candidates and they don't want to lose them. The search is very time consuming.
" For example, you get the call, then what? Do you ask for time to consider? When do you give the verbal acceptance, before or after negotiations of salary and start up?"
Tell them you are very interested in the position, but don't tell them you will definitely take it, but you look forward to working with the department and dean regarding the proposed contract.