I know someone asked this question last year, but I am curious about the length of time SCs have taken this year to make an offer after the last campus interview. Would any of you who received offers this year be willing to share? I'm starting to feel the pangs of rejection over here.
Date: 22 Feb 2014 03:06
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For most of the jobs I have interviewed at, I know the offers went out like one to three weeks after the final candidate interviewed. However, things can be really variable. If it's been more than a month, it is likely you are not their first choice (though not certainly) but this doesn't mean you might not get the job if their first choice turns it down.
There are just so many factors. First choice plays hardball then turns it down, committee can't get it together, extra round of interviews, department decides they like two candidates and works on adding a position, administrative delays…All of these things happen multiple times per cycle.
It doesn't mean you should feel secure, but don't go thinking its over until at least late march.
I interviewed Monday-Tuesday and heard back the following Monday. But my experience was atypical, because it was a SLAC and they had already gone through 3 candidates and were interviewing candidates one at a time.
I was the last candidate to interview at two places. For one, I saw that the offer was extended to someone else about a week after my visit (on the wiki), but I didn't receive the rejection from the department for about a month.
For the second interview, the offer was extended to me about a week after my visit. When I remarked about how quickly the offer had been made, they told me that they had been lucky. The provost and president were set to leave town, and if the SC hadn't made their decision right away, there would likely have been a delay of another week or so.
So based on my experience, I think that the SC tries to get the first offer out 1-2 weeks after the last interview. If you interview early on, you could be in for a wait, even if you are the first choice.
Thanks everyone for all the thoughtful responses. It really helps put the timeline in perspective. The only 2 people I know personally who received offers this year received them super fast (both were the last to interview and were called 1-2 days after their interview), so I figured the timelines for extending offers was a day or two for most. Thanks again.
When I was on the market I got offers from both of the places where I went on campus interviews. For the first one, I was the first to interview but knew the interview dates. I was called 5pm Friday of when someone had been scheduled to interview (yes, that same day). So…I guess they had a 5 min meeting right after that person got in the cab on the way to the airport and called me right after? It was astonishingly fast.
With my second I got the offer what seemed like 2 weeks after the last person had interviewed. I suspect that I was actually the second choice. This is where I am working now and no one has admitted this to me either way! haha.
I was the last applicant in to interview. Left the interview on Friday, got called with an offer on Wednesday.