So, could those of you who have been on search committees or who were on the market in the recent past and got interviews chime in with how long after the review date you heard something? I know that it is too early to hear anything (the reviews for even the early jobs just started today) but I don't know whether to assume that it will take a month or two or what. I realize that it can take longer if they get to the second round but I'm curious how long it takes for the committees to contact the first tier short list.
Date: 01 Oct 2013 20:50
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You could look at data from previous years searches. I gave it a quick eyeball and it seems like the quickest decisions are like 2-3 weeks, it seems like it is more often 1 month or so but could be as much as 3-4 months.
Most of the time its within a few weeks. But variability is a bitch. I had one interview several months after the close date (first round, if you can believe that), and actually had one school contact my references in late july (if you can believe that).
For the job that I accepted I was contacted a little more than a month after the close data (again, first round) and did not hear back until TWO MONTHS after the interview.
There is nothing stable about this process, and you can expect to go a little insane. I am SO happy its over for me.
btw. I just wnt back to the wiki. The job that was contacting my references had been filled. It seems they must have gotten funding, then tried to dip back in and see what they could get.
There's a lot of that these days. Well, more than you would expect.
Information from my search last year:
Place 1: deadline mid-Oct, invited for interview mid-Nov, interview late-Nov, offer made late-Dec, officially accepted offer early-Jan
Place 2: deadline early-Nov, invited for interview early-Nov (a few days after the deadline), interview early-Dec, rejection mid-Jan
Place 3: deadline mid-Nov, invited for interview early-Dec, interview mid-Dec, rejection late-Dec
Place 4: deadline early-Nov, invited for interview late-Dec (declined because I was accepting offer from Place 1)
Place 5: deadline mid-Oct, invited for interview early-Jan (declined because I was accepting offer from Place 1)
Thus, there was a lot of variability, with time from deadline to interview invitation ranging from a few days to nearly three months. The time from interview to outcome (offer or rejection) depended mainly on how many people had to be interviewed after me.
I wanted to "bump" this thread given we are back into the "waiting game" for the 2014-15 search. Would search veterans mind sharing their timelines like VD above? I find reading personal sequences more helpful than looking at past wikis….
Place 1: Deadline mid-September, invited early October, interviewed November.
Place 2: Deadline early, invited early November, interviewed December.
Place 3: Deadline early October, invited early November, interviewed December.
Place 4: Deadline early October, invited late November, interviewed December
Place 5: Deadline early November, invited late November, interviewed January
Place 6: Deadline early November, invited mid December, interviewed early February
Agree with the above, there is a lot of variability.
I believe this has been mentioned in other posts, but I will repost my general observations here. There seems to be 2 types of searches, revolving around the winter holiday breaks: one that conducts interviews before the winter holidays and the other that conducts them after. Some places will conduct phone/skype before and on-campus after. It doesn't necessarily have to do with the deadline (though the earlier the deadline, the more likely interviews will happen pre-winter break), but it can also depend on how organized the faculty are, how things are with the administration to get approval or whatever is needed to bring people on campus, and what faculty schedules are looking like. If it's a small department and someone is on sabbatical in fall (as an example), they may wait until spring to do the interviews. Many times, if it's looking like they won't be able to complete all interviews before the winter break, they not do any until after, just to avoid the month or so long lag (especially if the school has a January term).
Some universities post search committee meeting info on public dept calendars (e.g., search committee X meeting on Date Y).
The two I've found are scheduled to review about 3 weeks after the first closing date, maybe giving time for rec letters and HR prescreening, so maybe 5+ weeks for initial candidate contact assuming chairs/deans need to approve final short lists.