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Old 01-22-2008, 01:40 PM
 
Location: York, SC
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Question Interview to Decision = How long

For those of you in the HR recruiting hiring fields. What is the average time between when you interview and when you offer someone a job?

TIA
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Old 01-22-2008, 02:08 PM
 
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It depends on a number of factors such as number of qualified candidates, feed back from hiring manager about candidates, changes in directions during a search, type of position ...

How long ago was your interview and for what kind of position.
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Old 01-22-2008, 02:29 PM
 
Location: York, SC
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It depends on a number of factors such as number of qualified candidates, feed back from hiring manager about candidates, changes in directions during a search, type of position ...

How long ago was your interview and for what kind of position.
I had my first one with the CFO and one owner on the 9th. Met both of them and the other owner (who was out of town the week before) on the 15th.

It's an Office Manager/Bookkeeper job. Not sure how many were interviewed. My first one was about a week after the ad was placed.

I'm qualified and really want it. Am I being impatient?

Thanks
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Old 01-22-2008, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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Its hard to say. sometimes they just get busy with the day to day stuff and forget that the people they interviewed are waiting for an answer.
Once I was in the same situation, so I called and spoke with the person who interviewed me, established that he had not filled the position yet, and then told him how much I liked his company but I had another job offer which I hadn't said yes or no to because I would prefer to work for him. I asked if he could give me a timeline so that if I didn't hear from him by, say, thursday, then I should go ahead and accept the other job.
He called me back that afternoon with an offer.
Sometimes it helps to give them a sense of urgency, as long as you don't make it sound like an ultimatum. Good luck.
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Old 01-22-2008, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Rolando, San Diego CA 92115
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if you don't hear from them within a week, forget about it.
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Old 01-23-2008, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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5 days max......
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Old 01-24-2008, 01:11 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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What about this scenario?

I interviewed originally for a NOC Technician job in early May last year. Met with the CEO, Network Manager and a technician. Interview went well, they said they'd be in touch by friday for the second round... I sent a few e-mails and got the eventual response that they paused hiring. I go okay, (at this point I've already secured a summer job) and I call it good for 3 months. I e-mail them after 3 months, and get a reply a few weeks later, and well... long story short...
Lots of back and forth, with the hiring manager telling me that he's really busy, hasn't had time to sit down, and either make the interview schedule, or talk to his bosses, or whatever.

I interviewed for the 2nd interview on Tuesday. They said response by friday. I called them at around 4:45pm on Friday and asked, he stated he was really busy and hadn't had a chance yet. Hopefully monday he says. Monday afternoon I get an e-mail:

Galen,
Just wanted to give you a little bit of an update on the hiring for
this position. It's been pretty busy here over the last couple of
days, so I haven't had a chance to have the final meeting with my
supervisor to make the final decision on who we'd like to hire and go
over specifics on hourly wage, etc. If things quiet down, I hope to
have that decision made this week and we would be looking at a hire
date around February 15th for the weekend shift.

Thanks.


Now, decision this week? Hire date on the 15th? Whats with the 2 week lapse?
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Old 01-24-2008, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Rolando, San Diego CA 92115
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Now, decision this week? Hire date on the 15th? Whats with the 2 week lapse?
If they are keeping in contact with you, it's a good thing. The reality is that good candidates get offers from many companies and are on the job market for a short time. So companies that can't make a decision in a reasonable amount of time will miss out on the best people. Most of the time that means that the company has a lot of mediocre talent as a result.

In my last job search, I had an interview every day for 1-2 weeks. I made it clear to the hiring managers that I was doing a lot of interviewing and wanted to make a decision within 2 weeks. I had multiple offers in-hand when I made my decision. One of the companies I interviewed with decided to make me an offer more than 2 weeks after I had interviewed with them, and I had already accepted another offer. They were upset and tried to to up the offer but I had decided I didn't want to to work with them because they were too slow and disorganized (even during the interviews, no one had even looked at my resume).
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Old 01-24-2008, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Well, I currently work M-F and this is for a weekend job that would get my foot into the door in networking, a field I know very little about. But I learn quickly and I've stressed this in the interview, citing specific examples, etc.

And so, I'm really not looking for any other jobs, and in Bozeman, MT the tech market is just a wee bit thin, and the networking jobs are even thinner. I've checked with the other network companies in town, and none of them are hiring at this time.

Otherwise, yeah... when I am looking for a job, I do let them know that.

Edit: The hiring manager seems really stressed and overworked.
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Old 01-24-2008, 11:02 AM
 
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Default the job sounds like it is yours if you want it

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Well, I currently work M-F and this is for a weekend job that would get my foot into the door in networking, a field I know very little about. But I learn quickly and I've stressed this in the interview, citing specific examples, etc.


And so, I'm really not looking for any other jobs, and in Bozeman, MT the tech market is just a wee bit thin, and the networking jobs are even thinner. I've checked with the other network companies in town, and none of them are hiring at this time.

Otherwise, yeah... when I am looking for a job, I do let them know that.

Edit: The hiring manager seems really stressed and overworked.
Okay, the fact that they are still communicating is good, I agree with that. The fact that this is a p/t gig for you, awesome, so you are not desperate...you are looking for experience, how ambitious of you! Now, since they have some time before they decide to "give you" the job, why not clench it with a letter thanking them for the interview and reiterate your qualifications. Time has past but talks are still open, but a good reminder of your interview may be in order, and it will set you apart from other applicants who are not taking the time to do this one important step. Good luck and keep us posted, the job sounds like it is yours if you want it!
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