This might be a question geared more for faculty or candidates who have interviewed in the past. What's the typical timeline for offers to be extended? For example, is it common for many schools to get back to candidates before the holiday break? Or is it more typical to hear back in January?
Date: 29 Nov 2012 13:44
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There is definitely a lot of ambiguity here that is not always easy to clarify. Some of the factors include where your visit occurred in the larger context of the search. If you were the first person interviewed, it might be quite a bit longer before you hear compared to the last person interviewed. Also, departments often have to schedule a meeting (for everyone, not just the search committee) to discuss and vote on the offer. In my department, the search committee usually meets within a few days of the last candidate visit. There are a few days in there just to get feedback from the various constituencies involved. Then, the committee decides on a recommendation that is presented at a faculty meeting. The faculty then discuss the candidates and votes on the recommendation. At that point, usually that evening, the chair calls the candidates who have been interviewed and let's them know what is up. We usually let those who are not receiving the first offer know if they are still in the pool (i.e., that they might still hear from us if the first person turns us down). Those individuals might end up waiting quite awhile. The candidate who is getting the offer typically hears from the chair immediately but the details of the offer are worked out over the course of a few days. The candidate is not "on the decision clock" until they have an official offer from the Dean/Provost. Once they get that in writing, they have a couple weeks to decide. The holidays are not a good friend to search committees! Sometimes (and this really sucks) some candidates are brought in before the holidays while others for the same search are brought in after the first of the year. Typically, though, we have all the interviews within a 2 week period. Still, that means the first interviewee is likely to hear nothing for about 3 weeks after their interview. In my experience if all the interviews were squeezed in prior to the end of a semester, a meeting might be held during finals week and the (informal) offer would get out there before the holidays. If a department was able to get everyone in early, they are going to be motivated to get that offer out there.
The waiting is awful for all concerned! Good luck!
It really depends on the school. I did two on campus interviews last year that I never ever heard from again—which I don't quite understand and from my understanding of speak with others is quite typical. They paid for me to come, is it really too much to ask to send a quick email saying they've offered the job to someone else and they've accepted?
In contrast, I also completed an on campus interview a few weeks ago, with a R1 school that is really on top of things. I was the last to interview, so I heard back the following Tuesday and my interview was completed the preceding Friday—so I really heard back in 2 business days. I know this particular school informed all candidates of the job offer status for the position (unlike most of my previous experiences), so the first to interview heard back in about 2.5 weeks. There was a 2-week deadline given to accept/reject the offer which started the date the offer was made.
It varies dramatically, from a week or so to over one-two months, depending on whether you interviewed first or last, and whether or not you were the first candidate offered a contract or not.
It varies so much, it is hard to say. Last year I heard back after 2 days from one (I was last to interview), and it took a month on another, and didn't hear back after another one at all. I wish there was just a way to standardize this interview process a bit! Some schools are very on top of it and some make you wait a very long time. You'd think that since the faculty there must have gone through this process themselves at some point, they would realize the torture they are putting us through!